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Meaning of “unlock” in the English Dictionary

"unlock" in British English

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unlockverb [T]

uk   /ʌnˈlɒk/  us   /-ˈlɑːk/
B2 to ​open something, ​especially a ​door that is locked (= ​fastened with a ​lock) using a ​key or an ​electronicdevice: I ​think I ​left the ​garagedoor unlocked.unlock the mystery/secret of sth to ​discoverimportant new ​facts about something: A ​chemical has been ​discovered that may be the ​key to unlocking the ​mysteries of Parkinson's ​disease.unlock the imagination to make the ​imagination more ​active, ​producinginterestingideas and ​images: One of poetry's ​functions is to unlock the ​imagination.

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(Definition of unlock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unlock" in American English

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unlockverb [T]

 us   /ʌnˈlɑk/
to ​open a ​lock using a ​key, an ​electronicdevice, or a ​series of ​numbers or ​letters: Could you unlock the ​door for me?
(Definition of unlock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unlock" in Business English

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unlockverb [T]

uk   us   /ʌnˈlɒk/ 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 ​shareholdervalue by ​allowing the two ​companies to be ​valued separately. Equity ​releaseschemes are a ​safe and straightforward way of unlocking the ​cash from your ​home.
(Definition of unlock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “unlock”
in Korean 열다…
in Arabic يَفْتَح…
in Malaysian membuka kunci…
in French ouvrir, déverrouiller…
in Russian отпирать (ключом)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 打開, (尤指用鎖匙或電子設備)開(門)…
in Italian aprire con chiave…
in Turkish açmak, kilidini açmak…
in Polish otwierać…
in Spanish abrir (con llave)…
in Vietnamese mở khóa…
in Portuguese destrancar…
in Thai ไข…
in German aufschließen…
in Catalan obrir…
in Japanese (鍵を)開ける…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打开, (尤指用钥匙或电子设备)开(门)…
in Indonesian membuka…
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