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 Marx, who has rebuffed attempts to unseal certain documents from the case, has ties to Krischer, Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg, and Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'A family affair': Ann Coulter accuses Florida judge and associates of Epstein 'cover-up'," 9 June 2020 The Palm Beach Post has sought to unseal the documents pertaining to the Florida case in an effort to investigate possible corruption on the part of those who were responsible for its prosecution. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Judge rules Jeffrey Epstein grand jury records to remain secret," 10 June 2020 Hayes' hopes rest with New Jersey attorney Joseph Bell, who worked with historian Anthony Pitch to unseal the grand jury transcripts after Pitch discovered them in the National Archives a few years ago. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "America's legacy of lynching isn't all history. Many say it's still happening today," 3 June 2020 Judge Sullivan had unsealed documents a day earlier that revealed notes that a top F.B.I. counterintelligence agent wrote on the day Mr. Flynn was interviewed. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Trump Attacks Flynn Inquiry Amid New Revelations on F.B.I.," 30 Apr. 2020 Original brick walls were left exposed and unsealed, along with I-beams and rafters. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, "Inside a Watchcase Factory Turned Weekend Getaway by David Mann," 17 Apr. 2020 Maduro's other key plank of power — the military — also took a hit as May 2019 charges against Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Padrino were unsealed from Washington. Author: Joshua Goodman, Jim Mustian, Anchorage Daily News, "US indicts Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on narco-terrorism charges," 26 Mar. 2020 The sentencing comes after documents were unsealed in the case Monday that revealed correspondence from Weinstein in 2017 as the public allegations against him mounted. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sex assault convictions," 11 Mar. 2020 The three new allegations supplement more than a dozen other charges already lodged against the company in a case originally unsealed last January. Brian Fung, CNN, "US charges Huawei with racketeering, escalating crackdown on tech giant," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unseal

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unseal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseal. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unseal

: to open (something) by breaking or removing a seal


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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