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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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British Dictionary definitions for un-fold

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 un-fold

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.

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