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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 window, usually with a key
2) mainly journalism if you unlock something that is not available, you make it available

The scheme is unlocking housing opportunities in rural areas.

3) mainly literary if you unlock the secret or mystery of something, you find out about it

English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — [[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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