un·​zip | \ ˌən-ˈzip How to pronounce unzip (audio) \
unzipped; unzipping; unzips

Definition of unzip

transitive verb

: to zip open

intransitive verb

: to open by or as if by means of a zipper

Examples of unzip in a Sentence

She unzipped the tent flap.

Recent Examples on the Web

The campers had unzipped just far enough to deliver it into a waiting hand. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 Certain establishments feature certain corners where men huddle and unzip. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 The man said Spacey bought him several drinks and tried to persuade him to come home with him before unzipping the man's pants and groping him for about three minutes. CBS News, "Kevin Spacey shows up for hearing in Massachusetts groping case," 3 June 2019 The man said Spacey bought him several drinks and tried to persuade him to come home with him before unzipping the man's pants and groping him for about three minutes. NBC News, "Kevin Spacey shows up for hearing in groping case," 3 June 2019 Rosalía While taking the stage with J Balvin, Rosalía donned a pale blue jumpsuit, unzipped halfway down her torso to reveal a black bra. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kacey Musgraves, Tierra Whack, and More Coachella 2019 Weekend 2 Best Celebrity Looks," 21 Apr. 2019 In 2016, Hillmyer and his team made a polyurethane from unzipping polymers that was chemically recyclable. Xiaozhi Lim, The Seattle Times, "Chemists in search of their Holy Grail: a plastic designed to die," 6 Aug. 2018 And scooching everything back up under your jersey without unzipping doesn’t take much effort. Amy Jurries, Outside Online, "The Best Bike Bibs for Women," 27 Apr. 2018 Fashion played a role in the moment of protest with Smith wearing a black scarf to symbolize African pride and bronze medalist John Carlos keeping his track jacket unzipped in a show of solidarity with blue collar workers. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Champion Black Power Legends on Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unzip

1939, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of unzip

: to open (something) by using a zipper
computers : to cause (a file that has been reduced in size) to return to its original size by using special software

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