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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Jha admitted to being behind Mirai, according to court documents that were unsealed late last year. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Mirai botnet creators praised for helping FBI, won’t serve prison time," 19 Sep. 2018 The contacts were revealed to the Senate committee by law enforcement officials in classified documents, according to the indictment, which was unsealed late Thursday after his arrest. Eliza Fawcett, latimes.com, "Indicted former Senate staffer appears in court as Russia leak inquiry sets off partisan fireworks," 8 June 2018 The deal comes as the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has been raising pressure on Gates and Manafort with dozens of new charges of money laundering and bank fraud that were unsealed Thursday. New York Times, cleveland.com, "Former top Trump adviser Rick Gates to plead guilty in Mueller inquiry and cooperate," 23 Feb. 2018 Evidence sealed in the criminal case could be unsealed in the civil case and be presented at trial. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "City of Chicago sues Jussie Smollett for investigative costs," 13 Apr. 2019 The indictment was unsealed Friday as Washington pushes its allies in Latin America and Europe to dial up the pressure on Venezuela’s leftist leader, Nicolás Maduro, and get him out of office. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Ex-Venezuela Military Spy Chief Arrested," 12 Apr. 2019 Previously secret court filings — some of which were unsealed in March — helped shed light on some of his most daring exploits over roughly 10 years. Alex Ward, Vox, "Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 The files from the study, stored at Yale University, will not be unsealed until 2066. Washington Post, "Documentary tells dark tale of triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 Also on Friday, Clark’s criminal indictment was unsealed. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Ross Ulbricht’s alleged confidant “Variety Jones” extradited to US," 15 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 How to pronounce unseal (audio) \
unsealed; unsealing

Kids Definition of unseal

: to break or remove the seal of : open

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