Collocations With The Word Unlock

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with the word 'unlock' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.

Unlock(ing) code(s)

An 'unlock code' is a password or other form of authentication used to access something protected or concealed.

  • The unlock code for the door is 4291.
  • I couldn't change the network provider on my phone until my current provider sent me the unlocking codes.
  • The system was encrypted, and could only be accessed with an unlock code.

Unlock an opportunity

If you 'unlock an opportunity', you access or create a chance to do something.


  • unlocked the opportunity for a full-time job at the company by doing 6 months of unpaid work there.
  • Networking at the conference should help me unlock a lot of exciting, new opportunities.
  • The best way of unlocking opportunities in business is to take calculated risks.

Unlock secrets

When you 'unlock secrets', you disclose or reveal something kept hidden or concealed.


  • Scientists are studying subatomic particles from space in an attempt to unlock secrets of the universe.
  • 21st-century technology may help us unlock the secret of the ancient scroll.

Unlock (your) potential

If you 'unlock your potential', you release or access your full qualities or capabilities.


  • The self-help book promised to help people unlock their potential as entrepreneurs in just a matter of weeks.
  • Peter's mentoring was the key to me unlocking my potential as a teacher. 
  • Jennifer gave up on her dream of being an artist far too quickly. She never unlocked her full potential.

Unlock the value

To 'unlock the value' means to realize or achieve the true worth or usefulness of something.


  • The new technology helps marketing firms unlock the value of the customer data they receive.
  • Having purchased the land, we are now looking at innovative ways of unlocking the value of the site.
  • Our turnover will increase once we have unlocked the value of our recent investments.

These are some of the collocations you can make with 'unlock'. Can you think of any others?

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