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[ uhn-furl ]

verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

  1. to become unfurled.


/ ʌnˈfɜːl /


  1. to unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state

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Other Words From

  • un·furla·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unfurl1

First recorded in 1635–45; un- 2 + furl

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Example Sentences

I’m thinking of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, which installed speakers in a forest that played the sound of a tree falling, and of Earth First unfurling a “crack” down the front of Glen Canyon Dam.

Apple took note and unfurled some changes with an iOS update that debuted a few months later.

When designing their e-commerce sites, brands must be certain that when a link unfurls into a thumbnail preview, an optimal image or video is displayed.

Marketers should stay in communication with developers to be sure content is created and optimized to unfurl properly.

Now that you’re sure that there are no reputation crises unfurling at the moment, it’s time to deal with individual mentions.

Other stories unfurl with giggles and exclamation, but really, read Maupin, or see him on tour.

As the Boston tragedy continues to unfurl, things will likely continue to get worse before finally taking a turn for the better.

How we love that word—cue the trumpets, unfurl the banners, cast a golden light upon the White House.

Democrats did a lot of finger-pointing, but at the end of the day, enough of them did help unfurl the hose.

An impromptu plan arose: gather for coffee and brunch at Jeans-Jacques, then unfurl the banner.

Softly the folded flower petals of the heart began to unfurl.

With poetry, as with going to sea, we should push from the shore and reach a certain elevation before we unfurl all our sails.

We are here to build the temple, and to bring men up to the standard which we now unfurl to the world.

Let the sweet accents of mercy be heard, while ye boldly unfurl the blood-stained banners of the cross.

As his men with a cheer began to unfurl all sail, Captain Horton approached the commander of the privateer.


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