To unpack is to take stuff out that's been packed, like the clothing in your suitcase or the fragile item that's been buried in ten thousand Styrofoam peanuts.

If a large shipment arrives at a company, it may take several people to unpack the items and take stock of the contents. We also use unpack to describe analyzing something by taking it apart. This is sort of like unpacking a box or unpacking your luggage, because you're dismantling the components of something, but it's more likely an idea than a physical object.

Definitions of unpack

v remove from its packing

unpack the presents”
take out
arrange in a container
show 5 types...
hide 5 types...
bring out, get out
take out of a container or enclosed space
remove from a box
break out
take from stowage in preparation for use
remove from the crate
winkle, winkle out
remove or displace from a position
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

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