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.

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The singer has also been hit with a separate four-count indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, which was unsealed on Friday. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "R. Kelly Arrested in Chicago on Federal Child Pornography and Racketeering Charges," 12 July 2019 The agreement was only made public in 2015, when it was unsealed in a lawsuit. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why Alex Acosta Is Resigning as Labor Secretary," 12 July 2019 According to the indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, Blieden used his access to StyleHaul’s bank accounts to wire millions of dollars into his personal accounts. Alex Wigglesworth, latimes.com, "Former executive at influencer marketing firm StyleHaul accused of embezzling millions to play poker," 11 July 2019 He was also charged with three counts of using fire to commit a felony, the Department of Justice said in a news release after the federal indictment was unsealed. NBC News, "Son of sheriff's deputy faces federal hate crime charges in Louisiana church fires," 12 June 2019 As soon as the indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was unsealed today by the Justice Department, Chelsea Manning's name was trending, too. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Chelsea Manning's “Continued Imprisonment Is Detrimental to Her Health,” Her Reps Say," 11 Apr. 2019 The consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, admitted to fraud and conspiracy charges on the same day the charges against the parents and coaches were unsealed. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Coaches, others plead not guilty in college admissions scam," 25 Mar. 2019 Mueller's investigation has operated largely in secrecy, with the public getting only glimpses into its operation through witnesses who are questioned or when indictments and guilty pleas are unsealed. CBS News, "No decision on a Mueller interview until after summit with North Korea, Giuliani says," 12 May 2018 Douglas County District Court Judge Theresa Slade granted the request to unseal the file over the protests of Erickson’s attorneys. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "STEM School shooting suspect told police he targeted specific students; teens used cocaine before attack, affidavit says," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of unseal

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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