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

  • transitive v. To open.
  • transitive v. To disclose.
  • intransitive v. To be opened.
  • intransitive v. To undergo disclosure.

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  • v. To open; to unclench.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To open; to separate the parts of.
  • v. To disclose; to lay open; to reveal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To open.
  • To uncover; take off the covers from.
  • To disclose; lay open.
  • To open; be laid open.
  • Not close; unreserved; babbling.


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From un- +‎ close.


  • Ferdinand, I don't know a complete answer to your question, but to start with, notice that you can "unclose" those closed tabs in Firefox so it's still tracking that data for a while just in case you made a mistake and want it back.

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  • I wonder if we are unclose because of some fear on his part of engaging with me, who was his early partner in the impossible, in what is not natural or rational—certainly not quantitative or evidence based even in our darkest hours he was always more concerned than I with that aspect of the occult which is given to proving it.

    Freud’s Blind Spot

  • I do receive it, but forbear to unclose its foldings, greater pleasure first to enjoy

    Iphigenia in Tauris

  • “Surely,” he thought, as, having finished his communication, he was about to leave the apartment, “surely the demons of Ambition and Avarice will unclose the talons which they have fixed upon this man, at a charm like this.”

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • I hear the sound of the outer gate unclose, the sense of danger certainly renders my ears more acute than usual. —

    Count Robert of Paris

  • He attempted not to unclose the curtain she had drawn, but with a deep groan, dropping upon his knees on the outside, cried, 'Great God!' but checking himself, hastily arose, and motioning to Mrs. Marl and to Peggy, to move out of hearing, said, through the curtain; 'O Camilla! what dire calamity has brought this about?


  • But for the people who are here this morning, this may be the one and only time in their lives that they have the opportunity to be sort of unclose and personal with a man they regard as the holy father, their spiritual leader.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2008

  • How he got to the bed — whether he ran to it headlong, or whether he approached it slowly — how he wrought himself up to unclose the curtains and look in, he never has remembered, and never will remember to his dying day.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • He himself had suffered under the despotism of a mother; he still remembered his unhappy childhood too well not to recognize, beneath the reserves of feminine shyness, the state to which such a yoke must have brought the heart of a young girl, whether that heart was soured, embittered, or rebellious, or whether it was still peaceful, lovable, and ready to unclose to noble sentiments.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • How kirssy the tiler made a sweet unclose to the Narwhealian captol.

    Finnegans Wake


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