unlock
Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to unfasten the lock of 2. open, undo 3. to free from restraints or restrictions <
the shock unlocked a flood of tears
>
4. to furnish a key to ; disclose intransitive verb to become unfastened or freed from restraints

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  • Unlock — Un*lock , v. t. [Cf. AS. unl?can. See 1st {Un }, and {Lock}, v. t.] 1. To unfasten, as what is locked; as, to unlock a door or a chest. [1913 Webster] 2. To open, in general; to lay open; to undo. [1913 Webster] Unlock your springs, and open all… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unlock — [unläk′] vt. 1. a) to open (a lock) b) to open the lock of (a door, chest, etc.) 2. to let loose as if by opening a lock; release [to unlock a torrent of grief] 3. to cause to separate; part [to unlock clenched jaws] 4 …   English World dictionary

  • unlock — UK US /ʌnˈlɒk/ verb [T] FINANCE ► to make something available to be used in order to increase its value or to make a profit from it: »If we do not unlock the value of this business, someone else will. »The demerger will unlock shareholder value… …   Financial and business terms

  • unlock — index disencumber, disengage, disenthrall, dissociate, find (discover), solve Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • unlock — (v.) c.1400, from UN (Cf. un ) (2) + LOCK (Cf. lock) (v.). Figurative sense is attested from 1530s. Related: Unlocked; unlocking …   Etymology dictionary

  • unlock — [v] open; solve break in, crack, decipher, free, jimmy, liberate, open the door*, pop, release, set free, unbolt, unbutton, uncork, undo, unfasten, unhook, unlatch, unravel, unseal, unshut; concepts 135,250,469 …   New thesaurus

  • unlock — ► VERB 1) undo the lock of (something) using a key. 2) make (something previously inaccessible or unexploited) available …   English terms dictionary

  • unlock */ — UK [ʌnˈlɒk] / US [ʌnˈlɑk] verb [transitive] Word forms unlock : present tense I/you/we/they unlock he/she/it unlocks present participle unlocking past tense unlocked past participle unlocked 1) to open the lock on something such as a door or a… …   English dictionary

  • unlock — [[t]ʌ̱nlɒ̱k[/t]] unlocks, unlocking, unlocked 1) VERB If you unlock something such as a door, a room, or a container that has a lock, you open it using a key. [V n] He unlocked the car and threw the coat on to the back seat... [V n] She unlocked… …   English dictionary

  • unlock — unlockable, adj. /un lok /, v.t. 1. to undo the lock of (a door, chest, etc.), esp. with a key. 2. to open or release by or as if by undoing a lock. 3. to open (anything firmly closed or joined): to unlock the jaws. 4. to lay open; disclose: to… …   Universalium

  • unlock — verb Unlock is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑key Unlock is used with these nouns as the object: ↑capital, ↑car, ↑door, ↑drawer, ↑handcuffs, ↑mystery, ↑potential, ↑secret, ↑vault …   Collocations dictionary

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