Definition of unlocked in English:

unlocked

adjective

  • 1Not locked.

    ‘an opportunistic thief entered the property through an unlocked door’
    • ‘The suspect had gained entry through an unlocked door.’
    • ‘McWilliams levelled his gun and Glennon pulled open the van's unlocked doors.’
    • ‘In the second incident, the Asian man entered a 70-year-old woman's home through an unlocked door.’
    • ‘Tools were then taken from unlocked sheds and garden furniture was used to reach a rear window to enter the houses.’
    • ‘The works had been in an unlocked wooden case in a storeroom on the second floor of the gallery, then in Woburn Square.’
    • ‘Often a thief will take unlocked bits from several bikes to make a complete bike with which to depart.’
    • ‘Barry came through the unlocked front door next night.’
    • ‘He said the four women, two men and four children had gathered to celebrate the first day of Ramadan when the gunmen burst through the unlocked front door.’
    • ‘It annoyed me slightly at the thought of all the times I had left my bag in the unlocked, unguarded room.’
    • ‘He was enjoying a meal with his wife, Gill, at their home in Roundhay, Leeds, when thieves sneaked in through the unlocked front door.’
    • ‘Mrs Berry spent hours searching for the bag in nearby streets after it was stolen from her unlocked red Nissan car as she stood just metres away with her back turned.’
    • ‘They tricked her into going upstairs while they searched downstairs rooms and found an unlocked safe containing the cash.’
    • ‘But while she was talking to fans inside, the robber was busy plundering her unlocked car in nearby Barker's Pool car park.’
    • ‘Police believe a gang of up to five men were responsible for a raid on a Melksham store in which hundreds of pounds were stolen from an unlocked office.’
    • ‘I walked in through the unlocked front door of what had been my home so many years ago.’
    • ‘This is not a good idea because an unlocked door leaves people vulnerable to burglary.’
    • ‘Burglars took advantage of an unlocked back door to steal a CD player and CDs from a house in Broadway West, off Fulford Road.’
    • ‘The burglar searched for unlocked rooms at the College, intending to steal goods to fund his heroin addiction, the court heard.’
    • ‘Electronic locks fail in the unlocked position when there is a power failure.’
    unguarded, unprotected, ill-protected, vulnerable, defenceless, undefended, unshielded, exposed, assailable, open to attack, in danger
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  • 2(of a mobile phone) capable of operating on the network of any chosen carrier.

    ‘with an unlocked phone you can use SIM cards from any service provider’
    • ‘Most customers these days prefer to use unlocked cell phones.’
    • ‘My recent check of availability says both the 8 and 16 GB versions of the unlocked phone are now shipping in 1 to 2 weeks if you order now.’
    • ‘Nowadays inexpensive unlocked cell phones are usually widely available on the market.’
    • ‘The unlocked iPhone means you don't have to make a wireless contract commitment.’
    • ‘I plan to switch to a pre-paid service plan using an unlocked phone.’
    • ‘My wife loves her HTC One, and I love my unlocked Galaxy Nexus.’
    • ‘Buy an unlocked phone for more carrier flexibility and for travelling worldwide.’

Pronunciation

unlocked

/ʌnˈlɒkt/