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"unlock" in British English

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unlockverb [T]

uk   /ʌnˈlɒk/ us   /ʌnˈlɑːk/
B2 to open something, especially a door that is locked (= fastened with a lock) using a key or an electronic device: I think I left the garage door unlocked.
to enter a password or number in order to be able to use a mobile phone: You need to know the secret PIN to unlock your mobile phone upon power up.
to make a mobile phone able to be used on any mobile phone network: Once your phone is unlocked, you can buy and change SIM cards as you travel.
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.
unlock the imagination
to make the imagination more active, producing interesting ideas 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 electronic device, 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   /ʌnˈlɒk/ us   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 by allowing the two companies to be valued separately. Equity release schemes 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, 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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