unfold

[uhn-fohld]
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:
before 900; Middle English unfolden, Old English unfealdan; cognate with German entfalten. See un-2, fold1

unfoldable, adjective
unfolder, noun
unfoldment, noun
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unfold (ʌnˈfəʊld)
 
vb
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
 
un'folder
 
n

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Word Origin & History

unfold
O.E. unfealdan, "to open or unwrap the folds of," also fig., "to disclose, reveal," from un- (2) + fold (v.). Cf. M.Du. ontvouden, Ger. entfalten. Refl. sense is attested from late 14c.
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Example sentences
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.
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