- to bring out of a folded state; spread or open out: Unfold your arms.
- to spread out or lay open to view.
- to reveal or display.
- to reveal or disclose in words, especially by careful or systematic exposition; set forth; explain.
- to become unfolded; open.
- to develop.
- to become clear, apparent, or known: The protagonist's character unfolds as the story reaches its climax.
Origin of unfold
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Examples from the Web for unfold
Earlier this year, we also watched “The Gittip Crisis” unfold.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
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You see, Molly also knows things—some of which unfold in flashbacks—with many more revelations likely to come in future episodes.Surprise! Halle Berry’s Career Is ‘Extant’
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Where You Are comprises 12 individual pamphlets, some of which unfold into larger maps and diagrams.Crazy Cartography: Artists and Writers Conjure a Slew of Imaginative Maps
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The transponder is really the tripwire for whatever began to unfold on that jet.The Tripwire on Flight 370
March 17, 2014
[Laughs] It was the president of DreamWorks Television and they were watching this unfold in the news.‘The Americans’ Showrunners Dissect the Secrets of Season 2
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As I was about to unfold these projects at breakfast, a telegram was handed to me.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
There is essential goodness in him;—and what delight to unfold it!The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The brethren whose mysteries I am about to unfold to you are far more ingenious.Theaetetus
I could a tale, or two, unfold, but that—that's another volume.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Even the most backward among the trees had commenced to unfold their buds.Murder Point
- to open or spread out or be opened or spread out from a folded state
- to reveal or be revealedthe truth unfolds
- to develop or expand or be developed or expanded
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Word Origin and History for unfold
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