unseal

verb
un·​seal | \ ˌən-ˈsēl How to pronounce unseal (audio) \
unsealed; unsealing; unseals

Definition of unseal

transitive verb

: to break or remove the seal of : open

Examples of unseal in a Sentence

The court unsealed the documents in the Douglas trial today.
Recent Examples on the Web Braun stated that the current judge, Sam Ohta, cannot be trusted to deal with it fairly, noting that Ohta had initially refused to release the transcript, which the defense has sought to unseal for 12 years. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 18 July 2022 More recent attempts to unseal the records came from journalists Bill Rempel and Sam Wasson, according to their attorney, Susan Seager. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 Earlier this year, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously sided with The Enquirer and UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh to unseal the case and keep Olthaus' name on the records. Laura A. Bischoff, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2022 Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby partially approved the news outlets’ requests in a ruling Thursday, ordering the clerk of court to unseal four documents while keeping others closed from public view. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 Portions of grand jury testimony by Tim Mapes, the former chief of staff to House Speaker Michael Madigan, could be made public Tuesday after the judge overseeing Mapes’ obstruction of justice case agreed to unseal a motion filed by the defense. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 5 Apr. 2022 The new court records were filed in response to ProPublica’s request to unseal the affidavits. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 12 Jan. 2022 Earlier this year, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously sided with The Enquirer and UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh to unseal the case and keep Olthaus' name on the records. The Enquirer, 4 Apr. 2022 While lawyers fought to unseal those records, reporters pored over court filings to identify those with knowledge of the Armenian genocide insurance cases and spoke to them by phone, email or in visits to their homes and offices. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unseal

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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“Unseal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseal. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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unseal

verb
un·​seal | \ ˌən-ˈsēl How to pronounce unseal (audio) \
unsealed; unsealing

Kids Definition of unseal

: to break or remove the seal of : open

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