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 In Georgia, a judge agreed last month to unseal more than 145,000 ballots in Fulton County, the home of Atlanta, as part of a lawsuit brought by nine individuals, even though three audits of the results in Georgia have found no evidence of fraud. Eric Bradner, CNN, 4 June 2021 On May 21, a Georgia judge agreed to unseal more than 145,000 absentee ballots in a case that alleges Fulton County, home of Atlanta, mishandled ballots. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 The judge presiding over that lawsuit last month agreed to unseal 147,000 mail ballots from Fulton County. Kate Brumback, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Late last week, a Georgia judge agreed to unseal absentee ballots in Fulton County, despite the fact that those ballots were already recounted three times. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, 24 May 2021 In the letter, Mr. Giuliani’s lawyers asked the court to unseal the affidavits underlying the 2019 and 2021 search warrants. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, 17 May 2021 Then, after the state trials are over, the DOJ can unseal the indictment and proceed with the federal prosecution. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 14 May 2021 In a motion to unseal the complaint filed Wednesday, prosecutors said making the charges public would no longer jeopardize the investigation but did not elaborate. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2021 But another insurance company, curious about how the arbitration turned out, filed papers asking the court to unseal the arbitration award. Joshua Stein, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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