- to open (a lock)
- to open the lock of (a door, chest, etc.)
- to let loose as if by opening a lock; release: to unlock a torrent of grief
- to cause to separate; part: to unlock clenched jaws
- to lay open; reveal: to unlock a secret
verbun·locked, un·lock·ing, un·locks
- a. To undo (a lock) by turning a key or corresponding part.b. To undo the lock of.
- To give access to; open.
- To set free; release: The news unlocked a torrent of emotion.
- To provide a key to; disclose or reveal: unlock a mystery.
(third-person singular simple present unlocks, present participle unlocking, simple past and past participle unlocked)
- 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.
- To obtain access to something.
- I unlocked the dictionary article so it could be edited.
- This computer game is shareware, but you can pay for a code to unlock the full version.
- To disclose or reveal previously unknown knowledge.
- The discovery of a clue unlocked the mystery.
- (intransitive) To be or become unfastened or unrestrained.
- The safe was already unlocked.