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

  • transitive v. To remove the bars from or become unbarred.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove an impediment that obstructs the passage of (someone or something).
  • v. To remove a prohibition.
  • v. To unlock or unbolt a door that had been locked or bolted with a bar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To remove a bar or bars from; to unbolt; to open.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove a bar or bars from: said especially of a gate or door.
  • To open; unlock: especially in figurative uses.

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

  • v. remove a bar from (a door)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ bar


  • “Oates, unbar that door,” Umber said, pointing to the small, sturdy door that bypassed the barred gate.

    End of Time

  • I don't know the record for harnessing a three-horse sled, but I'll swear we broke it; I wrenched home the last buckle while East scuttled across the snow to unbar the gate.

    The Sky Writer

  • Kane with shaking fingers began to unbar the door.

    The Moon of Skulls

  •   They had to scramble over our slaughtered door guards to do it, but they managed to unbar the sturdy door and rush out.

    Lord Conrads Crusade

  • Jeronimo gave the lamp to Vivaldi, while he began to unbar and unlock the door, and Vivaldi had prepared to reward the brother for his fidelity, before they perceived that the door refused to yield.

    The Italian

  • “It does make a noise if you unbar the door,” said

    The Complete Father Brown

  • Rose-red hastened to unbar the door, and thought she saw a poor man standing in the darkness outside; but it was no such thing, only a bear, who poked his thick black head through the door.

    The Blue Fairy Book

  • It was only when he reached the gate and tried to unbar it that he realised he couldn't make it.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • He was already up and waiting for Kalchan to unbar the kitchen door by the time his cousin waddled into the room.

    Take A Thief

  • Two more gates to unbar and the way would be open, but the Cobras were thick on the walls and Dodd was screaming at them to shoot into the press of men, attackers and defenders alike, and so throw back the impudent handful of redcoats who had turned his rear.

    Sharpe's Fortress


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