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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The charges stemmed from a Feb. 26, 2018, incident at Horning Middle School, 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 a criminal complaint. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Charges dismissed against Waukesha school administrator accused of failing to report suspected child abuse," 27 Aug. 2019 At the ferry terminal, Gigi unzips a small, bulging coin purse and digs out money for fares. Washington Post, "A trip across the harbor," 23 Aug. 2019 At least two sides of all tents must always be unzipped, with the tents’ insides visible. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Newest Camping Adventure: During the Day and in the City," 18 June 2019 Carroll wrote that a friendly encounter with Trump at Bergdorf Goodman in 1995 or 1996 turned violent when the real estate mogul pushed her up against a dressing room wall, unzipped his pants and forced himself on her. Author: Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump denies knowing NY woman accusing him of sexual assault," 22 June 2019 The accuser, who says Spacey unzipped his pants and fondled him during a July 2016 encounter inside the Club Car bar, used the phone to send text messages to his then-girlfriend during the incident, legal filings show. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "State’s sex assault case against Kevin Spacey could be in jeopardy, legal experts say," 9 July 2019 The campers had unzipped just far enough to deliver it into a waiting hand. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 Certain establishments feature certain corners where men huddle and unzip. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 The man said Spacey bought him several drinks and tried to persuade him to come home with him before unzipping the man's pants and groping him for about three minutes. CBS News, "Kevin Spacey shows up for hearing in Massachusetts groping case," 3 June 2019

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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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