unfurl

[ uhn-furl ]
/ ʌnˈfɜrl /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. unfruitful,
  2. unfulfilled,
  3. unfunded,
  4. unfunded debt,
  5. unfunny,
  6. unfurnished,
  7. unfussy,
  8. ung.,
  9. ungainly,
  10. ungaretti

Origin of unfurl

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

Related formsun·furl·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unfurling

unfurl

/ (ʌnˈfɜːl) /

verb

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 unfurling

unfurl

v.

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

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