un·seal | \ ˌən-ˈsēl \
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

Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed an indictment on Friday against twelve Russian agents for conspiring to commit cyberattacks targeting Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the most recent presidential election. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 In an indictment unsealed on Friday, authorities allege that Ryan Farace operated the business for nearly five years, taking payment in the digital currency Bitcoin and shipping the tranquilizer out through the Postal Service. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County man accused in $30 million dark web pain pill scheme," 23 June 2018 Also this week, federal prosecutors unsealed charges against Barriss for making bomb threats to the FCC and FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Gamers involved in December’s “swatting” death just got indicted," 24 May 2018 The result, unsealed on Sunday morning, was 66 percent in favor to 34 percent against. Birgit Jennen, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel Wins Fourth Term as Germany’s SPD Backs Coalition," 4 Mar. 2018 The documents unsealed by a California judge after a motion from news outlets provide a glimpse into detectives' work in the days leading up to the suspect's arrest. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "DNA that led to Golden State Killer suspect's arrest was collected from his car while he shopped," 2 June 2018 De Sousa was charged in federal court records unsealed Thursday with three misdemeanor charges of failing to file federal income tax returns in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Federal subpoenas show prosecutors continue to investigate Baltimore's ex-police chief De Sousa," 15 May 2018 Two search warrants partially unsealed in Alexandria federal court in the past two days reveal new details of Paul Manafort’s complicated financial dealings with a Russian oligarch, including evidence of a $10 million loan. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Kennedy retirement isn't a game changer for corporate America," 28 June 2018 Two search warrants partially unsealed in Alexandria, Va., federal court in the past two days reveal new details of Paul Manafort's complicated financial dealings with a Russian oligarch, including evidence of a $10 million loan. Rachel Weiner, chicagotribune.com, "Search warrants give details about Manafort's financial entanglement with a Russian oligarch," 28 June 2018

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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 \
unsealed; unsealing

Kids Definition of unseal

: to break or remove the seal of : open

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