v. un·packed, un·pack·ing, un·packs
1. To remove the contents of (a suitcase, for example).
2. To remove from a container, from packaging, or from packing.
3. To remove a pack from (a pack animal).
4. To elucidate or interpret (the meanings implicit in an utterance or text, for example).
To unpack objects from a container.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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