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unfold

[uhn-fohld] /ʌnˈfoʊld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bring out of a folded state; spread or open out:
Unfold your arms.
2.
to spread out or lay open to view.
3.
to reveal or display.
4.
to reveal or disclose in words, especially by careful or systematic exposition; set forth; explain.
verb (used without object)
5.
to become unfolded; open.
6.
to develop.
7.
to become clear, apparent, or known:
The protagonist's character unfolds as the story reaches its climax.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English unfolden, Old English unfealdan; cognate with German entfalten. See un-2, fold1
Related forms
unfoldable, adjective
unfolder, noun
unfoldment, noun
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Examples from the web for unfold
  • New scientific discoveries often unfold rapidly, on a time-scale of months and sometimes even weeks.
  • The shift that has already occurred will now gain momentum and will unfold in the next couple of years.
  • It's been interesting to watch the subsequent conversation unfold in this thread.
  • They could watch the action unfold, so to speak, in a test tube but weren't sure how close the pace conformed to real life.
  • The space-station project will unfold in a series of planned launches over the next ten years.
  • It'd be neat to see such chaos unfold in zero gravity.
  • unfold the plane to observe the inside of the middle fold.
  • It's easy to think that proteins ought to fold more quickly as they cool down and then unfold more quickly as they heat up.
  • Either way, sit back and watch an interesting and important debate unfold.
  • Picture the rack moving the car out of the rest, then lowering it enough for the car to unfold.
British Dictionary definitions for unfold

unfold

/ʌnˈfəʊld/
verb
1.
to open or spread out or be opened or spread out from a folded state
2.
to reveal or be revealed: the truth unfolds
3.
to develop or expand or be developed or expanded
Derived Forms
unfolder, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfold
v.

Old English unfealdan, "to open or unwrap the folds of," also figuratively, "to disclose, reveal," from un- (2) "opposite of" + fold (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch ontvouden, German entfalten. Intransitive sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Unfolded; unfolding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unfold in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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