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 After a day spent gawking up at Giant Sequoias, nothing compares to being able to unzip your tent and sleep directly under these magnificent trees. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2021 Then use your fingertip to unzip the pod along the string line and open it. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Brad Knox, then the vice president and counsel at Aflac, told the Post that Lt. Davis had informed him at the time that Mr. Reed had been drinking on the trip and tried to unbutton or unzip an article of her clothing. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2021 This model also has three side walls and one door wall, but users can unzip the doors or remove the enclosure altogether to increase airflow to the space. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2021 My student would carefully help his brother remove his mittens and unzip his jacket. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2021 If your cushions have removable covers, unzip them and place a paper towel between the fabric and filling to absorb cleaner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 25 Jan. 2021 Empty the backpack completely, and unzip all the pockets. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 19 Jan. 2021 His horns are ideally adapted for hooking, and one hook can unzip a man from crotch to throat. Robert Ruark, Field & Stream, 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unzip

1939, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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18 May 2021

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“Unzip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unzip. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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