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 Judge Sullivan had unsealed documents a day earlier that revealed notes that a top F.B.I. counterintelligence agent wrote on the day Mr. Flynn was interviewed. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Trump Attacks Flynn Inquiry Amid New Revelations on F.B.I.," 30 Apr. 2020 Original brick walls were left exposed and unsealed, along with I-beams and rafters. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, "Inside a Watchcase Factory Turned Weekend Getaway by David Mann," 17 Apr. 2020 Maduro's other key plank of power — the military — also took a hit as May 2019 charges against Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Padrino were unsealed from Washington. Author: Joshua Goodman, Jim Mustian, Anchorage Daily News, "US indicts Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on narco-terrorism charges," 26 Mar. 2020 The sentencing comes after documents were unsealed in the case Monday that revealed correspondence from Weinstein in 2017 as the public allegations against him mounted. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sex assault convictions," 11 Mar. 2020 The three new allegations supplement more than a dozen other charges already lodged against the company in a case originally unsealed last January. Brian Fung, CNN, "US charges Huawei with racketeering, escalating crackdown on tech giant," 13 Feb. 2020 In a criminal filing unsealed Thursday, Gary Jones is accused of conspiring in the misuse more than $1 million of union money for extravagant meals, golf outings, cigars, and apparel over several years, even before he was elected president in 2018. BostonGlobe.com, "Rates fall to historic laws on coronavirus fears," 6 Mar. 2020 Charges against Jones unsealed Thursday include conspiracy to embezzle union funds, aiding racketeering activity and tax evasion. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-UAW president Gary Jones charged in corruption probe," 5 Mar. 2020 In a 14-page court affidavit unsealed Thursday after her arrest, Rexburg Police Det. Fox News, "Lori Vallow, mother of missing Idaho kids, ordered held on $5M bail; extradition hearing set for March 2," 23 Feb. 2020

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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