- to spread or shake out from a furled state, as a sail or a flag; unfold.
- to become unfurled.
Origin of unfurl
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Examples from the Web for unfurl
As the Boston tragedy continues to unfurl, things will likely continue to get worse before finally taking a turn for the better.All Hail The Onion: The Fake News Site’s Very Good Week
April 20, 2013
How we love that word—cue the trumpets, unfurl the banners, cast a golden light upon the White House.Obama’s Phony Bipartisan Pick: Chuck Hagel for Defense
January 8, 2013
An impromptu plan arose: gather for coffee and brunch at Jeans-Jacques, then unfurl the banner.Putin's Violent Crackdown
May 8, 2012
Softly the folded flower petals of the heart began to unfurl.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
These sails are frequently made to furl and unfurl like a fan.
Unfurl the banner of the Prophet in front of the gate of the Seraglio.Halil the Pedlar
We are going to unfurl the banner of peace and bury the hatchet.Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School
Jessie Graham Flower
He was urged to unfurl the standard of the Prophet, and to appeal to the religious fervour and fanaticism of the army.The Turkish Empire, its Growth and Decay
- to unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state
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Word Origin and History for unfurl
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