What does unlock mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unlockverb

    open the lock of

    "unlock the door"

  2. unlockverb

    set free or release

  3. unlockverb

    become unlocked

    "The door unlocked from the inside"


  1. unlockverb

    To undo or open a lock or something locked by, for example, turning a key, or selecting a combination.

    I unlocked the door and walked in

  2. unlockverb

    to give access to something

    I unlocked the dictionary article so it could be edited

  3. unlockverb

    To disclose or reveal previously unknown knowledge.

    The discovery of a clue unlocked the mystery

  4. unlockverb

    To be or become unfastened or unrestrained

    The safe was already unlocked

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Unlockverb

    I have seen her unlock her closet, take forth paper. William Shakespeare.

    She springs a light,
    Unlocks the door, and ent’ring out of breath,
    The dying saw, and instruments of death. Dryden.

    My purse, my person, my extremest means,
    Lie all unlock’d to your occasions. William Shakespeare, Mer. of Venice.

    I had not thought to have unlock’d my lips
    In this unhallow’d air, but that this jugler
    Would think to charm my judgment, as mine eyes,
    Obtruding false rules, pranck’d in reason’s garb. John Milton.

    I yielded, and unlock’d her all my heart,
    Who with a grain of manhood well resolv’d,
    Might easily have shook off all her snares. John Milton.

    Sand is an advantage to cold clays, in that it warms them, and unlocks their binding qualities. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    A lixivium of quick-lime unlocks the salts that are entangled in the viscid juices of some scorbutick persons. Arbuthnot.

    Thy forests, Windsor! and thy green retreats
    Invite my lays. Be present, sylvan maids!
    Unlock your springs, and open all your shades. Alexander Pope.


  1. unlock

    To unlock means to undo a lock or to open something, such as a door, a drawer or a device, by using a key, a code, a password, or a certain method. It can also refer to the act of making something available or accessible that was previously restricted or inaccessible. Additionally, it can mean gaining an understanding, revealing, or discovering something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unlockverb

    to unfasten, as what is locked; as, to unlock a door or a chest

  2. Unlockverb

    to open, in general; to lay open; to undo

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unlock

    un-lok′, v.t. to unfasten what is locked: to open.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlock in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unlock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of unlock in a Sentence

  1. Steve Freel:

    Her front door is a dead bolt so that’s the only way you can unlock it. Quite a few sliding glass doors within the house were all locked. There was no sign at all of forced entry.

  2. Emma Goldman:

    No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.

  3. Ning Feng:

    Taken together, these findings show that any abnormality in the way BDNF communicates with its receptor and its associated intracardiac signaling appears to unlock a cascade of chemical glitches that eventually leads to poor cardiac function.

  4. Patricia Kelly Patricia Kelly:

    We use horses as a hook to create pride, esteem and healing, they learn that they have ability. They just have to unlock it.

  5. Engineer.AI:

    We believe that everyone should be empowered to unlock their true potential in being a Builder, irrespective of what they know, what they have and what they are afraid of. In everything we do, we believe in pushing the boundaries of conventional thinking; to look at every problem differently and from the ground up.”

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. extroversive
    • B. butch
    • C. ravening
    • D. eminent

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