un·​zip | \ˌən-ˈzip \
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.

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Surveillance video shows the man standing quietly as the teenager unzips his backpack and takes the wallet. Washington Post, "14-year-old pretends he’s a NY cop, robs a legally blind man," 20 May 2018 On the Expo Line one day, Ry Amidon, 32, of West Adams watched a Metro employee in a black fleece jacket step onto the train, unzip his backpack, pull out a single paper towel, and drape it over the seat. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Goodbye, upholstery. Hello, vinyl: L.A. Metro is phasing out some of its infamous fabric seats," 10 July 2018 Rather than a single cavern with a rectangular opening flap on the top, this hauler unzips around the sides and splays open into two halves, each with a mesh zippered cover. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing Adventure-Ready Travel Bags from Eagle Creek," 10 May 2018 On Wednesday, the 'Arrested Development' actress tweeted than Seagal once unzipped his pants during an audition. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Steven Seagal accuser recounts alleged assault: 'Before I knew it, he was on top of me'," 26 Jan. 2018 The incident in question took place Feb. 26, when a physical education teacher found two boys in a locker room, one with his pants pulled down and the other with his pants unzipped, according to the complaint. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha School District administrator didn't report student's sexual assault, complaint says," 6 July 2018 Still, a 2018 audience will probably be startled when an out-of-control Stanton campaign strategist, played by Billy Bob Thornton, unzips his pants in the office as a come-on to an attractive woman. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: The Prescient Political Films of 1998," 27 June 2018 The Good Samaritan quickly unzipped the backpack and out popped the chocolate-brown Pomeranian. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Pomeranian Dog Found Zipped Into Backpack, Dumped and Clinging to Life Near Boston," 25 May 2018 Even for winter hiking, where trees and terrain break up the wind, hikers spend a lot of time trudging with jackets unzipped and hoping for more ventilation in wet snow, when temperatures fluctuate around 30 or so degrees. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "A Eulogy to the Sierra Designs Ultralight Trench," 12 June 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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