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 Without removing an ounce of clothing, Nikki hops into Jason's lap, unzips his fly and bops around for a few seconds while the mostly empty bus hums across the city. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Trying': TV Review," 30 Apr. 2020 More specifically, the UV-C light damages nucleic acids inside these microorganisms, forming covalent bonds that prevent DNA from unzipping for replication. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Could a Solar-Powered Hand Sanitizer Protect Against the Coronavirus?," 21 Apr. 2020 The victim was unsure whether the Jeep had been locked but added that someone could have entered the vehicle without keys by unzipping the soft top. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Woman steals cigarettes from ashtray; deplorables steal basket of merchandise: Berea police blotter," 9 Apr. 2020 Sammie turned a lurid pink and said, No!, but Melodie had already unzipped her makeup case from her bag and was dabbing the bruise with a wand of concealer. Lauren Groff, The Atlantic, "Birdie," 14 Jan. 2020 That’s when two people unzipped their tents and poked their heads out. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "A homeless man in Oakland hadn’t heard of the coronavirus: ‘What is the virus even about? What happens?’," 17 Mar. 2020 Boone unzipped the suitcase and found Torres unresponsive and not breathing. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "Man dies after being zipped into suitcase, girlfriend arrested," 26 Feb. 2020 Spacey then allegedly unzipped the man’s pants and fondled him. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Spacey accuser, family due in court to explain missing cellphone," 8 July 2019 So, his daughter-in-law unzipped the cushion to see what was inside and found a box containing cash. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A Michigan man found $43,000 in a secondhand couch. He returned it all," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unzip

1939, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of unzip was in 1939

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11 May 2020

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“Unzip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unzip. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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