Definition of unpack in English:



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

    ‘she unpacked her suitcase’
    [no object] ‘he unpacked and put everything away’
    • ‘He took the job at SII about two months ago, and hasn't had a chance to unpack his moving boxes yet.’
    • ‘Despite having been back for a fortnight, I have only just unpacked my suitcases.’
    • ‘She said her aunt is so nervous that she hasn't even unpacked her bags from the first operation.’
    • ‘I'm being spared the chore of unpacking my suitcase this morning, as it's still in transit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Fair enough,’ I said, starting to unpack my bags of bachelor-fare.’
    • ‘Packing and unpacking your suitcase may seem like a pain, but a 145-pound woman burns approximately 132 calories an hour doing so.’
    • ‘It didn't make me unpack my bags and cancel my flight, but it was quite an omen.’
    • ‘He said that as he was unpacking their suitcases, Linda opened the balcony door and climbed up on the railing.’
    • ‘She proceeding to methodically unpack the plastic bag with which she'd been supplied by the clerk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I started to unpack my bags and place the contents into the dresser drawers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having just unpacked her bags Liddell has not yet focused on departure.’
    • ‘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 hid the drum behind an armchair, unpacked my bag, put the backpack back in the bottom of the airing cupboard, and stayed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Mark unpacks his bags in the spare bedroom, Morgan opens a bottle of champagne smiling.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Remove (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.’
      • ‘Her parents nodded and pushed Liv to sit down on the bed with Sid and promptly began unpacking everything from the suitcases.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had just unpacked some essentials out of my suitcase when Jordan knocked on the bedroom door.’
      • ‘Kuepper's a troubadour, a wandering minstrel who unpacks his swag at the Great Northern this Sunday, May 8.’
      • ‘After unpacking my sleeping bag, toothbrush and kettle, I was gasping for a cup of tea.’
      • ‘She began to unpack her clothes into the empty wardrobe.’
      • ‘Anna was unpacking her clothing, her suitcase resting on the bed nearest the window.’
      • ‘So, anyway, the items in my shopping bag were unpacked, re-scanned carefully, and the total amounted to exactly the same as before.’
      • ‘Jeffrey slowly unpacked a few things before locking up his suitcase and grabbing his schedule on the way out to the main hall.’
      • ‘Complete package: unpack it, plug it in and let it burn.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, four months later, as he unpacks his family's belongings, he still mourns his flat in Bir Nabala.’
      • ‘Alanis unpacked everything from their bags and sighed heavily.’
      • ‘Her aunt unpacked a picnic of deviled eggs, ham sandwiches, lemonade.’
      • ‘I unzipped one suitcase and began unpacking jeans, t-shirts, and skirts and placing them in the four-drawer dresser.’
      • ‘Assuming that nothing in the package description, unpacking instructions and so forth, needs to be updated, that's all you have to do.’
      • ‘When you've unpacked your presents, don't leave the empty boxes for valuable goods outside your dustbins where they can be seen.’
      • ‘As the tribe unpacks its weaponry, Johnny's girl Janette makes sure the camp is tidy.’
    2. 1.2Analyze (something) into its component elements.
      ‘let us unpack this question’
      • ‘What I propose to do in this essay is to unpack both the question and my own responses to it.’
      • ‘Where this power is located and how it is used by who for whom seems to be the question Donovan Ward tries to unpack.’
      • ‘It unpacks the assertions made by his books and movies.’
      • ‘A.O. Scott cannily unpacks the audience for Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge [‘But in New York!’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus, the first thing we need to do here is unpack Lloyd's argument by supplying this missing analysis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As I sit here unpacking my mental suitcase from this trip, I do feel like I've been a tourist.’
      • ‘If we unpack this comic moment we find the elements of Eliot's The Waste Land used to different purpose.’
      • ‘Tomorrow a really good article is coming out that unpacks this aspect of the story quite nicely.’
      • ‘Max Blumental does a great job of unpacking the deep core of hypocrisy that reverberates through the Family Research Council.’
      • ‘Wilcox's essay usefully opens the collection by unpacking some of the diverse meanings of the key concept evoked in its title, ‘representation.’’
      • ‘Trade secrets tumble out when unpacking those thoughts.’
      • ‘Sullivan sounds like a teenager in her 30s and doesn't mind explaining slang or unpacking her opinions so anyone can understand them.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the analysis does not unpack the domestic British economy into its constituent parts or regions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Levin unpacks the technicalities with a skill honed from giving many lectures on the subject, and it is fascinating to read.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3Computing Convert (data) from a compressed form to a usable form.
      • ‘To install, first unpack the Logwatch source files and cd into the resulting directory.’
      • ‘This prime number can be unpacked into the original source code for DeCSS, the software that decodes the DVD encryption scheme.’
      • ‘Right after the subroutine we use it to create a format string to unpack the output from fdisk.’
      • ‘I downloaded and unpacked the Enhydra tar file, which created a large number of files and directories under the enhydra4.0 directory.’
      • ‘The package.def files describe how to get, verify the download, unpack, configure, build and install the package software.’