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Definition of "unfold" []

  • To open and spread out (something folded); extend. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove the coverings from; disclose to view. (verb-transitive)
  • To reveal gradually by written or spoken explanation; make known. (verb-transitive)
  • To become spread out; open out: Spring flowers unfolded everywhere. (verb-intransitive)
  • To develop, as if by spreading out: A brilliant career unfolded. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unfold" in a sentence
  • "Watching this debate unfold is absolutely mind boggling."
  • "She had felt detached from all the open grieving and eulogizing and commiserating as though she had been watching events unfold from the director's chair behind the camera."
  • "I prefer to watch my drama unfold from a tree or a box blind."