Definition of unlatch in US English:



[with object]
  • Unfasten the latch of (a door or gate).

    • ‘The door was unlatched and all he had to do was open it.’
    • ‘It took five long minutes before the ornately carved wooden door was unlatched, and another two before it actually opened.’
    • ‘Raz unlatched the door and peered into the building.’
    • ‘He climbed down the steps, unlatched a door and began cranking a rickety wheel.’
    • ‘Achan, the head monk, draped in the colours of the dawn, unlatches the door to a large metal cage.’
    • ‘Catty unlatched the screen door.’
    • ‘Very carefully, I reached up and unlatched the gate.’
    • ‘A well-known farmer has unlatched the gate on a pioneering new sheepdog training centre.’
    • ‘He unlatched the wooden gate and left his premises.’
    • ‘Rommel's comforting embrace was a key that unlatched the locked door which held all of Jun's accumulated despair crammed within.’
    • ‘Every time they scampered forward in the opening half hour, the hosts took fright, sporting that look which befalls turkeys each time the barn door is unlatched.’
    • ‘I unlatched the gate and edged past Heike, who blinked and snorted irritably.’
    • ‘Leikidos unlatched the door of the stable and opened it.’
    • ‘Hailey then quietly unlatched the gate and walked out onto her driveway.’
    • ‘She unlatched the gate, and walked slowly up the gravel path like she had done so many times before.’
    • ‘He turned back towards the door and slowly unlatched each latch and unlocked each lock behind him.’
    • ‘Drifting in the comfort of drink, he unlatched the door and opened it wide.’
    • ‘She leaned over and unlatched the door, swinging it open towards me.’
    • ‘He quietly unlatched the door and tiptoed out of the bathroom.’
    • ‘Does the little beast know how to unlatch the coop door?’
    unbolt, unbar, undo, unfasten, unpick, unseal, unclose, open, free, throw open, throw wide
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