Definition of unbolt in English:

unbolt

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Open (a door or window) by drawing back a bolt:

    ‘he ran down the stairs and unbolted the heavy wooden door’
    • ‘I unbolted the door and walked to the broken kitchen door.’
    • ‘The task of unbolting the door to the medieval chapel at Clifford's Tower has fallen to history graduate Sarah Robinson, who is set to help visitors explore its fascinating past.’
    • ‘Sarah Robinson, from Selby, has joined the custodial team at the tower and one of her first jobs has been to unbolt the door to the medieval chapel, which lies above the entrance to the tower.’
    • ‘She quickly unbolted the front door and opened it causing the fog to race into the house.’
    • ‘I finally succeeded unbolting the gate at last and with big heave of satisfaction I turned to the little boy.’
    • ‘‘This ability ‘, Doyle stated publicly, ‘to unbolt locked doors is undoubtedly due to Houdini's mediumistic powers and not to any normal operation of the lock.’’
    • ‘His eyes were downcast as he stepped over to unbolt the gate.’
    • ‘He unbolted the door and stepped out.’
    • ‘He folded the schedule up neatly and put it in one of the pockets sewn into his cloak before unbolting the door and opening it.’
    • ‘Mr Whitelaw used his mobile to call police, and they were on the scene within minutes - unbolting the cupboard door and freeing him unharmed.’
    • ‘The other maid, Jane, rushed to unbolt it, struggling to pull the heavy doors toward her.’
    • ‘He says he was bitten as he tried to unbolt a gate to get the dogs out.’
    • ‘Similarly, scared by the fire alarm, the heroine decides to ‘unbar, unbolt, unlock, and open’ the door and cross the space that separates her from Lovelace.’
    • ‘I shouted; hoping that anyone - anyone inside would have the sense to assist in unbolting the door.’
    • ‘Suddenly, she heard the tell-tale sound of the cell door being unbolted; turning, Julianna watched as it swung open sluggishly, a trio of guards waiting in the doorway.’
    • ‘People were locked in the Loo, unable to unbolt the door.’
    • ‘Only, Andy didn't unbolt the door like I said to, which made me start to worry, not only about him, but also about me, for who knew how long I could actually stay here without getting killed.’
    • ‘I was surprised they didn't call a locksmith to come unbolt my door from its hinges.’
    • ‘Fibbers' sudden demise had caught us out, but the staff did unbolt the doors and let one get changed inside.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, I looked through the peephole before unbolting the door to admit Duncan.’
    unfasten, unbutton, unhook, untie, unlace
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Pronunciation

unbolt

/ʌnˈbəʊlt/