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

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 He was extradited from Spain in November 2023, when prosecutors unsealed his indictment, according to the attorney’s office. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 Thompson also has requests from Merchant and a number of news media organizations, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to unseal the Wades' divorce file. Bill Rankin and Charles Minshew The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (tns), arkansasonline.com, 20 Jan. 2024 The details of the arrest warrant are currently sealed under court order and are expected to be unsealed at a later time, police said in the statement. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 An indictment unsealed against Anez Vaca showed there are likely 12 or more defendants in that case charged with drug trafficking and money laundering offenses that allegedly occurred in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 Fox News, Newsmax and One America News, all facing their own defamation lawsuits, also tried to unseal the report. Amy Gardner, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 The first of what are expected to be hundreds of documents identifying more than 150 individuals were unsealed Wednesday following an order last month by US District Judge Loretta A. Preska. Ava Benny-Morrison, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2024 An indictment unsealed in September accused the siblings of buying groceries and other consumer goods at a discount under an agreement that they would be sold in Mexico. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2024 An indictment unsealed in December charged Rivera and Nuhfer with conspiring to commit offenses against the United States, failing to register as foreign agents as part of their consulting work for Venezuela’s oil subsidiary, PDV USA, and money laundering. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unseal was in the 12th century

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“Unseal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseal. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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un·​seal ˌən-ˈsē(ə)l How to pronounce unseal (audio)
: to break or remove the seal of
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