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

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 Molecular machines are all around us—in the flagella that can propel individual microorganisms, in the enzymes that unzip our DNA, in the proteins that ferry cargo across our cells. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 13 June 2024 Both sides of the exterior have a crossed, origami design (hence the name!), and the bottom of one pocket can be unzipped to convert into a trolley sleeve. Kristi Kellogg, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024 If that wasn’t dramatic enough on its own, Maxwell then appeared to unzip the first look and reveal a corseted black dress beneath with opera gloves added on, stopping for a few impromptu selfies. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 6 May 2024 The expander is easy to use — just unzip the middle to increase the size by more than half. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for unzip 

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of unzip was in 1927

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“Unzip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unzip. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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un·​zip ˌən-ˈzip How to pronounce unzip (audio)
unzipped; unzipping
: to open by means of a zipper

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