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English definition of “unlock”

unlock

verb [T] uk   /ʌnˈlɒk/ us    /-ˈlɑːk/
B2 to open something, especially a door that is locked (= fastened with a lock) using a key or an electronic device: I keep worrying that I've left the garage door unlocked.Unfastening and opening unlock the mystery/secret of sth to discover important new facts about something: A chemical has been discovered that may be the key to unlocking the mysteries of Parkinson's disease.Finding and discovering unlock the imagination to make the imagination more active, producing interesting ideas and images: One of poetry's functions is to somehow unlock the imagination.Affecting and influencing
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