Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To remove the bars from or become unbarred.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb remove a bar from (a door)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ bar

Examples

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

    End of Time

  • “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

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

    The Complete Father Brown

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