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 hearings on release of the warrant information stem from a legal effort by The Sacramento Bee and other news organizations asking that the warrants be unsealed. Sam Stanton And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Judge clears path for release of East Area Rapist documents," 1 June 2018 Last week, a coalition of six media outlets that included WBTV and The Charlotte Observer successfully argued to a judge that the warrants should be unsealed. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Catawba County sheriff's candidate responds to claims he stalked ex-girlfriend | Charlotte Observer," 8 May 2018 The department announced the news Monday afternoon after a federal judge in Arizona unsealed a 93-count indictment against Backpage creators Michael Lacey and James Larkin, and five others. Laura Jarrett, CNN, "Backpage creators indicted on prostitution and money laundering charges," 9 Apr. 2018 Nicole Navas Oxman, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, said the agency would issue a press release after charges are unsealed. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "Feds Seize Backpage.com, Site Linked to Sex Trafficking," 6 Apr. 2018 Ohio State felt comfortable enough in hiring him as their defensive coordinator, though that was before McQueary’s deposition had been unsealed. Jonathan Jones And Conor Orr, SI.com, "Coaching Hires: When Fans Speak, Do Teams Listen?," 9 Jan. 2018 An investigation unsealed Thursday in Boston federal court outlined a multimillion-dollar overbilling scheme by some of the nation’s top class-action law firms and alleged misconduct by a prominent former state lawmaker. Andrea Estes, BostonGlobe.com, "Investigation alleges misconduct by Thornton Law Firm, recommends severe sanctions," 29 June 2018 Harvard had fought furiously over the last few months to keep secret the documents that were unsealed Friday. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says," 15 June 2018 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday a sweeping set of criminal charges against China’s Huawei Technologies Co. unsealed Monday will not complicate U.S.-China trade talks set to resume in Washington this week. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade Talks Won’t Be Affected by Huawei Charges, Says Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin," 29 Jan. 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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