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.

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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 When unzipped, the image opens up more ZIP and RAR files to reveal an HTML browser with Project Gutenberg’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, specifically, this 6.7MB page. Dami Lee, The Verge, "You can unzip this tiny image on Twitter to reveal the complete works of Shakespeare," 1 Nov. 2018 If the units were collected after unzipping to make new polymers, that would lead to chemical recycling. Xiaozhi Lim, The Seattle Times, "Chemists in search of their Holy Grail: a plastic designed to die," 6 Aug. 2018 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

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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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