unlock Definition

  • 1to open something that is locked
  • 2to remove a restriction or limitation on something

Using unlock: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unlock" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Can you unlock the door for me, please?

  • Example

    I need to unlock my phone to make a call.

  • Example

    The new software update unlocks several new features on the device.

  • Example

    The key to success is to unlock your full potential.

unlock Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with unlock

  • to reveal or provide access to something previously unknown or unavailable


    The discovery of this new technology unlocks the door to a whole new world of possibilities.

  • to reveal or discover hidden or unknown information


    The detective worked tirelessly to unlock the secrets of the crime scene.

  • to enable someone or something to reach their full potential


    The coach's training program helped unlock the potential of the young athlete.


Summary: unlock in Brief

To 'unlock' [ʌnˈlɒk] means to open something that is locked or to remove a restriction or limitation on something. It can refer to physical objects like doors and phones, as well as abstract concepts like potential. Phrases like 'unlock the door to something' and 'unlock the potential' expand on this meaning.

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