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[uhn-fohld] /ʌnˈfoʊld/
verb (used with object)
to bring out of a folded state; spread or open out:
Unfold your arms.
to spread out or lay open to view.
to reveal or display.
to reveal or disclose in words, especially by careful or systematic exposition; set forth; explain.
verb (used without object)
to become unfolded; open.
to develop.
to become clear, apparent, or known:
The protagonist's character unfolds as the story reaches its climax.
Origin of unfold
before 900; Middle English unfolden, Old English unfealdan; cognate with German entfalten. See un-2, fold1
Related forms
unfoldable, adjective
unfolder, noun
unfoldment, noun Unabridged
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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


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

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
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