Definition of unpack in English:

unpack

verb

[with object]
  • 1Open and remove the contents of (a suitcase, bag, or package)

    ‘she unpacked her bags and put everything away’
    no object ‘I haven't unpacked yet’
    • ‘It didn't make me unpack my bags and cancel my flight, but it was quite an omen.’
    • ‘She proceeding to methodically unpack the plastic bag with which she'd been supplied by the clerk.’
    • ‘I started to unpack my bags and place the contents into the dresser drawers.’
    • ‘I'm being spared the chore of unpacking my suitcase this morning, as it's still in transit.’
    • ‘He said that as he was unpacking their suitcases, Linda opened the balcony door and climbed up on the railing.’
    • ‘For someone who landed a role opposite the gorgeous Rekha even before he had unpacked his suitcase, life in tinsel town has been a roller coaster - with plenty of ups and downs.’
    • ‘Despite having been back for a fortnight, I have only just unpacked my suitcases.’
    • ‘He took the job at SII about two months ago, and hasn't had a chance to unpack his moving boxes yet.’
    • ‘‘Fair enough,’ I said, starting to unpack my bags of bachelor-fare.’
    • ‘She has the tactical nous and the timing to cope with grass and while there is always the danger that she might get overpowered in the latter stages, she should at least have time to unpack her suitcase this time.’
    • ‘She said her aunt is so nervous that she hasn't even unpacked her bags from the first operation.’
    • ‘I hid the drum behind an armchair, unpacked my bag, put the backpack back in the bottom of the airing cupboard, and stayed.’
    • ‘As Mark unpacks his bags in the spare bedroom, Morgan opens a bottle of champagne smiling.’
    • ‘I mean, wow, the true scale of the AIPAGT didn't hit me until I unpacked my suitcase for the final time last week and fished the final Trophy from my luggage.’
    • ‘I managed to get rid of the parents, & high spiritedly returned to my room to unpack everything save the suitcase; I even stuck some posters on the wall.’
    • ‘After the European Juniors, she will barely have time to unpack her bags before flying out to Florida, where she will join a top college's athletics programme.’
    • ‘First went Anoushka, who had barely unpacked her bags before she was taking baths in front of a still sheepish Cameron and signalling her readiness for wild, wanton sex.’
    • ‘Having just unpacked her bags Liddell has not yet focused on departure.’
    • ‘Packing and unpacking your suitcase may seem like a pain, but a 145-pound woman burns approximately 132 calories an hour doing so.’
    1. 1.1 Remove (something) from a suitcase, bag, or package.
      ‘we unpacked the sandwiches’
      • ‘While unpacking my groceries, I imagined that I'd become a famous writer and had approached her as she sat at the far end of the parking lot, reading my famous book.’
      • ‘Assuming that nothing in the package description, unpacking instructions and so forth, needs to be updated, that's all you have to do.’
      • ‘After I unpacked everything from my suitcase for couple of hours, I became awfully tired and quickly fell into a deep slumber on my soft comfy bed.’
      • ‘Alanis unpacked everything from their bags and sighed heavily.’
      • ‘When you've unpacked your presents, don't leave the empty boxes for valuable goods outside your dustbins where they can be seen.’
      • ‘Her aunt unpacked a picnic of deviled eggs, ham sandwiches, lemonade.’
      • ‘So, anyway, the items in my shopping bag were unpacked, re-scanned carefully, and the total amounted to exactly the same as before.’
      • ‘Two shelf stockers were unpacking bags of cat food and meowing repeatedly at each other.’
      • ‘Out on the ice, however, as the crew unpacks the parachute, she begins to get anxious.’
      • ‘Kuepper's a troubadour, a wandering minstrel who unpacks his swag at the Great Northern this Sunday, May 8.’
      • ‘She began to unpack her clothes into the empty wardrobe.’
      • ‘Now, four months later, as he unpacks his family's belongings, he still mourns his flat in Bir Nabala.’
      • ‘As the tribe unpacks its weaponry, Johnny's girl Janette makes sure the camp is tidy.’
      • ‘I had just unpacked some essentials out of my suitcase when Jordan knocked on the bedroom door.’
      • ‘Jeffrey slowly unpacked a few things before locking up his suitcase and grabbing his schedule on the way out to the main hall.’
      • ‘After unpacking my sleeping bag, toothbrush and kettle, I was gasping for a cup of tea.’
      • ‘I unzipped one suitcase and began unpacking jeans, t-shirts, and skirts and placing them in the four-drawer dresser.’
      • ‘Her parents nodded and pushed Liv to sit down on the bed with Sid and promptly began unpacking everything from the suitcases.’
      • ‘Anna was unpacking her clothing, her suitcase resting on the bed nearest the window.’
      • ‘Complete package: unpack it, plug it in and let it burn.’
      unload, unburden, disburden, clear, make vacant, vacate, evacuate, void
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    2. 1.2 Analyse (something) into its component elements.
      ‘let us unpack this question’
      • ‘Brackett unpacks the idea of a stable racial essence by analysing Brown's music in terms of a black discursive world set in a particular historical context.’
      • ‘As I sit here unpacking my mental suitcase from this trip, I do feel like I've been a tourist.’
      • ‘What I propose to do in this essay is to unpack both the question and my own responses to it.’
      • ‘It is an issue to which almost all of us give some thought, yet it is by no means a question easy to unpack and explore.’
      • ‘Under David's guidance, participants set to work building a scene out of this story, unpacking the fears and desires of the key characters and allowing for audience interventions.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the analysis does not unpack the domestic British economy into its constituent parts or regions.’
      • ‘Trade secrets tumble out when unpacking those thoughts.’
      • ‘Where this power is located and how it is used by who for whom seems to be the question Donovan Ward tries to unpack.’
      • ‘This investigation unpacks the frames of reference and modes of identification that cultivate preferences and expectations in regard to age, gender, and romance in screen cultures by way of a paradigmatic case.’
      • ‘Max Blumental does a great job of unpacking the deep core of hypocrisy that reverberates through the Family Research Council.’
      • ‘If we unpack this comic moment we find the elements of Eliot's The Waste Land used to different purpose.’
      • ‘David Neiwert once again explains lucidly and at length; his most recent post unpacks recent developments plus includes links to his previous notes on the subject.’
      • ‘Thus, the first thing we need to do here is unpack Lloyd's argument by supplying this missing analysis.’
      • ‘Wilcox's essay usefully opens the collection by unpacking some of the diverse meanings of the key concept evoked in its title, ‘representation.’’
      • ‘A.O. Scott cannily unpacks the audience for Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge [‘But in New York!’’
      • ‘Tomorrow a really good article is coming out that unpacks this aspect of the story quite nicely.’
      • ‘Sullivan sounds like a teenager in her 30s and doesn't mind explaining slang or unpacking her opinions so anyone can understand them.’
      • ‘It unpacks the assertions made by his books and movies.’
      • ‘While on a drive to repossess a refrigerator from a customer who can't keep up with her payments, Obi unpacks the morality of crime in the new South Africa.’
      • ‘Levin unpacks the technicalities with a skill honed from giving many lectures on the subject, and it is fascinating to read.’
    3. 1.3Computing Convert (data) from a compressed form to a usable form.
      ‘you can unpack specified files and directories’
      • ‘Right after the subroutine we use it to create a format string to unpack the output from fdisk.’
      • ‘The package.def files describe how to get, verify the download, unpack, configure, build and install the package software.’
      • ‘This prime number can be unpacked into the original source code for DeCSS, the software that decodes the DVD encryption scheme.’
      • ‘To install, first unpack the Logwatch source files and cd into the resulting directory.’
      • ‘I downloaded and unpacked the Enhydra tar file, which created a large number of files and directories under the enhydra4.0 directory.’

Pronunciation

unpack

/ʌnˈpak/