verb (used with object)

to spread or shake out from a furled state, as a sail or a flag; unfold.

verb (used without object)

to become unfurled.

Origin of unfurl

First recorded in 1635–45; un-2 + furl
Related formsun·furl·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for unfurl

unwind, unfold, unroll, unpack, open, spread, develop, display, expand

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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

1640s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + furl (v.). Related: unfurled, unfurling.

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