Definition of unseal in US English:

unseal

verb

[with object]
  • Remove or break the seal of.

    ‘she slowly unsealed the envelope’
    • ‘Each volunteer took turns unsealing the predictions, which were then given to the mayor to be read.’
    • ‘His tool kit includes equipment for unsealing and resealing envelopes, miniature microphones, and wiretapping equipment.’
    • ‘The bee sequence involves two of the stranded characters being encased inside the cell of a honeycomb, with the effect of sealing the cell being achieved by filming the cell being unsealed and then running the film backwards.’
    • ‘It clearly says on it that it will self-destruct some time after you unseal the package.’
    • ‘They all unsealed their helmets and opened their visors.’
    • ‘Coughing and spluttering, I reached up to unseal the airtight locks on the compartment.’
    • ‘Kjarian turned, lifting his arms so as to unseal the door.’
    • ‘So at the end the police had managed to persuade James into letting his mother unseal the envelope.’
    • ‘It took a while to unseal the boulder from the entrance but he managed to move the thing out of the way.’
    • ‘I asked him to now unseal his deck of cards, discard the jokers and any advertising material, and I told him I'd do the same with my own new deck of cards.’
    • ‘Though this envelope was never unsealed, three Post employees acquired skin anthrax from handling the letter, which seemed to spread skin anthrax to anyone who touched it.’
    • ‘The system utilized a screw-threaded plug which, by being screwed and unscrewed vertically at the rear of the barrel, sealed and unsealed the breech for loading with powder and ball.’
    • ‘I'm going to need you to unseal the security you've no doubt got on the back room.’
    • ‘Soon after Frederick left Finnardi unsealed the envelope.’
    • ‘Realizing that the Theban king has made a terrible mistake after speaking to Teiresias, Creon unseals the cave too late to save the girl.’
    • ‘She then proceeded in unsealing the second letter.’
    • ‘He handed a small metallic round canister to Adam and put another to his mouth after unsealing it.’
    • ‘I unseal the hatch and am met with another burst of cold air.’
    • ‘Another 12 team reps are in the studio and won't know the results until the envelopes are unsealed.’
    • ‘Plant workers told inspectors that pressure in the tank should have been zero, but ‘spiked’ just before the attempt to unseal it.’
    unfasten, unbutton, unhook, untie, unlace
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Pronunciation

unseal

/ənˈsē(ə)l//ənˈsi(ə)l/