[ uhn-rohl ]
/ ʌnˈroʊl /

verb (used with object)

to open or spread out (something rolled or coiled): to unroll a bolt of fabric.
to lay open; display; reveal.
Obsolete. to strike from a roll or register.

verb (used without object)

to become unrolled or spread out: The scrolls unroll easily.
to become continuously visible or apparent: The landscape unrolled before our eyes.

Nearby words

  1. unrip,
  2. unripe,
  3. unrivaled,
  4. unrivalled,
  5. unrobe,
  6. unromantic,
  7. unroof,
  8. unroot,
  9. unround,
  10. unrounded

Origin of unroll

First recorded in 1375–1425, unroll is from the late Middle English word unrollen. See un-2, roll

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British Dictionary definitions for unroll


/ (ʌnˈrəʊl) /


to open out or unwind (something rolled, folded, or coiled) or (of something rolled, etc) to become opened out or unwound
to make or become visible or apparent, esp gradually; unfold
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Word Origin and History for unroll



early 15c., from un- (2) + roll (v.). Related: Unrolled; unrolling.

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