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[uhn-furl] /ʌnˈfɜrl/
verb (used with object)
to spread or shake out from a furled state, as a sail or a flag; unfold.
verb (used without object)
to become unfurled.
Origin of unfurl
1635-45; un-2 + furl
Related forms
unfurlable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unfurl
  • And then rain falls again, and the blooms unfurl wild color and vitality.
  • The wings unfurl and the dragonfly rests as it dries.
  • These structural elements unfurl into a long tubular shape, thus forming a deployed beam.
  • As air is pumped through the veins, the wings unfurl and straighten.
  • Later in the spring, white oak leaves will unfurl in a gray-pink-green pastel that is quite distinctive-and beautiful.
  • Each graduate can properly place an injured worker on a stretcher or expertly unfurl a fire hose.
  • We unfurl the flag of a nation which has never wronged any other people, and will submit to wrong from none.
British Dictionary definitions for unfurl


to unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state
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Word Origin and History for unfurl

1640s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + furl (v.). Related: unfurled, unfurling.

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