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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.

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. Miguel Cardona:

    Our efforts as educators must go beyond literacy, math, history, science, and other core subjects to include helping students to build the social, emotional, and behavioral skills they will need to fully access and participate in learning and make the most of their potential and future opportunities, amid the pandemic, we know that our students have experienced so much. We can't unlock students' potential unless we also address the needs they bring with them to the classroom each day. As educators, it's our responsibility to ensure that we are helping to provide students with a strong social and emotional foundation so that they also can excel academically.

  2. 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.

  3. Scott Ruesterholz:

    With the level of investment and focus on space coming from the private and public sectors, I’m excited about what mysteries of the universe we can unlock in coming years.

  4. Tomasz Kubiak:

    General Leszek Suski( Polish fire brigades chief commander) has issued a decision that from tomorrow all escape rooms, game centers and clubs will undergo fire safety inspections with special attention paid to evacuation plans, escape routes in these type of locations, there should be a moderator in each location able to unlock the rooms and let people out. We will check this and it will be strictly controlled.

  5. Chris Ferreri:

    The traditional model of principal trading by the dealer community as the sole source of liquidity has been materially impacted by increasingly stringent regulations creating balance-sheet constraints and decaying returns, technology can provide us with alternative places to unlock this liquidity. The industry is looking for new ways to deal with these challenges.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. commensal
    • B. inexpiable
    • C. valetudinarian
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