from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To undo (a lock) by turning a key or corresponding part.
  • transitive v. To undo the lock of.
  • transitive v. To give access to; open.
  • transitive v. To set free; release: The news unlocked a torrent of emotion.
  • transitive v. To provide a key to; disclose or reveal: unlock a mystery.
  • intransitive v. To become unfastened, loosened, or freed from something that restrains.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To undo or open a lock or something locked by, for example, turning a key, or selecting a combination.
  • v. to give access to something
  • v. To disclose or reveal previously unknown knowledge.
  • v. To be or become unfastened or unrestrained

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To unfasten, as what is locked.
  • transitive v. To open, in general; to lay open; to undo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unfasten, as something which has been locked; open, as what has been shut, closed in, or protected by a lock: as, to unlock a door or a chest.
  • To open, in general; lay open.
  • To spread out.
  • To disclose; reveal; make known.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. open the lock of
  • v. set free or release
  • v. become unlocked


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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