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Definition of "unlock" []

  • To undo (a lock) by turning a key or corresponding part. (verb-transitive)
  • To undo the lock of. (verb-transitive)
  • To give access to; open. (verb-transitive)
  • To set free; release: The news unlocked a torrent of emotion. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide a key to; disclose or reveal: unlock a mystery. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unlock" in a sentence
  • "So the 25% public subsidy is necessary to "unlock" - what? private subsidy?"
  • "Instead, whole language is more about learning in context, using many different clues to unlock a word."
  • "The only way to unlock is to enter a long code so that should put you off."