AskDefine | Define unfold

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1 develop or come to a promising stage; "Youth blossomed into maturity" [syn: blossom, blossom out, blossom forth]
2 open to the view; "A walk through town will unfold many interesting buildings"
3 extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna" [syn: stretch, stretch out, extend]
4 spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms" [syn: spread, spread out, open] [ant: fold]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ʌnˈfəʊld/, /Vn"f@Uld/
  • (US) /ʌnˈfoʊld/, /Vn"foUld/
    Rhymes with: -əʊld


  1. To undo a folding.
  2. To turn out to happen; to develop.
  3. To reveal.
    • , I.v.
      Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing
      To what I shall unfold.


To undo a folding
To turn out to happen; to develop
To reveal
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