unbar [uhn-bahr] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unbar on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), un·barred, un·bar·ring.

  1. to remove a bar or bars from; open; unlock; unbolt: to unbar a door.

Origin of unbar First recorded in 1300–50, unbar is from the Middle English word unbarren. See un-2, bar1 Related Words for unbar release, free, expand, slacken, relax, ease, loose, undo, unlock, untie, alleviate, unscrew, disclose, jimmy, tap, puncture, burst, vent, pop, unblock Examples from the Web for unbar Historical Examples of unbar

  • She handed him his hat and stick, and turned to unbar the door.

    The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 1 (of 10)

    Edith Wharton

  • She managed to creep to the window and unbar the shutter an inch or two.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • He had the right of way—let them unbar it, or crash to destruction—all three!

    McClure’s Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 6, October, 1908


  • The man began to unbar the door, and stopped, struck by a fresh doubt.

    The People Of The Mist

    H. Rider Haggard

  • She heard him unbar the back-door, and go out into the yard.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy

  • British Dictionary definitions for unbar unbar verb -bars, -barring or -barred (tr)

    1. to take away a bar or bars from
    2. to unfasten bars, locks, etc, from (a door); open

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