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un·fold

 (ŭn-fōld′)
v. un·fold·ed, un·fold·ing, un·folds
v.tr.
1. To open and spread out (something folded); extend.
2. To remove the coverings from; disclose to view: unfold a package.
3. To reveal gradually by written or spoken explanation; make known: "He unfolded his tale of woe: the descriptions of poverty and the great distance they had traveled, the abuses they had suffered, the injustice of it all" (Robert Rosenberg).
v.intr.
1.
a. To become spread out; open out: Spring flowers unfolded everywhere.
b. To develop or occur as a series of events or stages: "The trial unfolded in an imposing, high-ceilinged courtroom in Westminster Hall" (Adam Hochschild).
2. To be revealed gradually to the understanding: A solution to the problem unfolded as they spoke.

un·fold′ment n.

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
unˈfolder n

un•fold

(ʌnˈfoʊld)

v.t.
1. to bring out of a folded state; spread or open out.
2. to spread out or lay open to view.
3. to reveal or display.
4. to disclose in words, esp. by careful exposition; explain.
v.i.
5. to become unfolded; open.
6. to develop.

unfold


Past participle: unfolded
Gerund: unfolding

Imperative
unfold
unfold
Present
I unfold
you unfold
he/she/it unfolds
we unfold
you unfold
they unfold
Preterite
I unfolded
you unfolded
he/she/it unfolded
we unfolded
you unfolded
they unfolded
Present Continuous
I am unfolding
you are unfolding
he/she/it is unfolding
we are unfolding
you are unfolding
they are unfolding
Present Perfect
I have unfolded
you have unfolded
he/she/it has unfolded
we have unfolded
you have unfolded
they have unfolded
Past Continuous
I was unfolding
you were unfolding
he/she/it was unfolding
we were unfolding
you were unfolding
they were unfolding
Past Perfect
I had unfolded
you had unfolded
he/she/it had unfolded
we had unfolded
you had unfolded
they had unfolded
Future
I will unfold
you will unfold
he/she/it will unfold
we will unfold
you will unfold
they will unfold
Future Perfect
I will have unfolded
you will have unfolded
he/she/it will have unfolded
we will have unfolded
you will have unfolded
they will have unfolded
Future Continuous
I will be unfolding
you will be unfolding
he/she/it will be unfolding
we will be unfolding
you will be unfolding
they will be unfolding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been unfolding
you have been unfolding
he/she/it has been unfolding
we have been unfolding
you have been unfolding
they have been unfolding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been unfolding
you will have been unfolding
he/she/it will have been unfolding
we will have been unfolding
you will have been unfolding
they will have been unfolding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been unfolding
you had been unfolding
he/she/it had been unfolding
we had been unfolding
you had been unfolding
they had been unfolding
Conditional
I would unfold
you would unfold
he/she/it would unfold
we would unfold
you would unfold
they would unfold
Past Conditional
I would have unfolded
you would have unfolded
he/she/it would have unfolded
we would have unfolded
you would have unfolded
they would have unfolded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.unfold - develop or come to a promising stageunfold - develop or come to a promising stage; "Youth blossomed into maturity"
develop - grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a long time"
2.unfold - open to the viewunfold - open to the view; "A walk through town will unfold many interesting buildings"
bring out, reveal, uncover, unveil - make visible; "Summer brings out bright clothes"; "He brings out the best in her"
3.unfold - extend or stretch out to a greater or the full lengthunfold - extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"
change form, change shape, deform - assume a different shape or form
extend - open or straighten out; unbend; "Can we extend the legs of this dining table?"
4.unfold - spread out or open from a closed or folded stateunfold - spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the map"; "spread your arms"
undo - cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect; "I wish I could undo my actions"
divaricate - spread apart; "divaricate one's fingers"
exfoliate - spread by opening the leaves of
grass - spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach
butterfly - cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; "butterflied shrimp"
uncross - change from a crossed to an uncrossed position; "She uncrossed her legs"
splay - spread open or apart; "He splayed his huge hands over the table"
fold, fold up, turn up - bend or lay so that one part covers the other; "fold up the newspaper"; "turn up your collar"

unfold

verb
1. develop, happen, progress, grow, emerge, occur, take place, expand, work out, mature, evolve, blossom, transpire, bear fruit The outcome depends on conditions as well as how events unfold.
2. reveal, tell, present, show, describe, explain, illustrate, disclose, uncover, clarify, divulge, narrate, make known Mr Wills unfolds his story with evident enjoyment.
3. open, spread out, undo, expand, flatten, straighten, stretch out, unfurl, unwrap, unroll He quickly unfolded the blankets and spread them on the mattress.

unfold

verb
1. To move or arrange so as to cover a larger area:
expand, extend, fan (out), open (out or up), outstretch, spread, stretch, unroll.
2. To be disclosed gradually:
Translations
يَكْشِف عنيَنْشُر، يَبْسُط
odhalitrozložit
afslørebrede ud
gera grein fyrir, koma smám saman í ljósopna, breiîa úr/út
atklātatklātiesatlocītatvērt
razgrnitirazprostreti
açıkla makaçmakanlaşılmak

unfold

[ʌnˈfəʊld]
A. VT
1.desplegar, desdoblar
she unfolded the mapdesplegó or desdobló el mapa
2. (fig) [+ idea, plan] → exponer; [+ secret] → revelar
B. VIdesplegarse, desdoblarse (fig) [view etc] → revelarse

unfold

[ˌʌnˈfəʊld]
vt
[+ map, blanket, tablecloth, newspaper, chair] → déplier; [+ wings, arms] → déployer
She unfolded the map → Elle a déplié la carte.
[+ story, tale] → narrer
vi
[wings] → se déployer; [chair, map] → se déplier
(= develop) [events, facts] → se dérouler
(= be told) [story] → se dérouler

unfold

vt
paper, clothauseinanderfalten, entfalten; (= spread out) wingsausbreiten; armslösen; chair, tableaufklappen, auseinanderklappen
(fig) storyentwickeln (→ to vor +dat); plans, ideasentfalten, darlegen (→ to +dat); secretenthüllen, eröffnen
vi (story, plot)sich abwickeln; (truth)an den Tag kommen, sich herausstellen; (view, personality, flower)sich entfalten; (countryside)sich ausbreiten

unfold

[ʌnˈfəʊld]
1. vt (newspaper, map, wings) → spiegare, aprire; (arms) → distendere (fig) (plan, idea) → esporre; (secret) → svelare
2. vi (flower) → schiudersi (fig) (view) → spiegarsi; (story) → svolgersi

unfold

(anˈfəuld) verb
1. to open and spread out (a map etc). He sat down and unfolded his newspaper.
2. to (cause to) be revealed or become known. She gradually unfolded her plan to them.
References in classic literature ?
I am not putting the thoughts into his head, but helping him unfold those already there.
She produced the roll of sketches and started to unfold them.
Here, also, in summer, various brilliant annuals, such as marigolds, petunias, four-o'clocks, found an indulgent corner in which to unfold their splendors, and were the delight and pride of Aunt Chloe's heart.
Lykins against an iron fence, buttonholed him, fastened him with his eye, like the Ancient Mariner, and proceeded to unfold his narrative as placidly and peacefully as if we were all stretched comfortably in a blossomy summer meadow instead of being persecuted by a wintry midnight tempest:
There I was in the midst of thousands, and yet a perfect stranger; without home and without friends, in the midst of thousands of my own brethren--children of a common Father, and yet I dared not to unfold to any one of them my sad condition.
I could not pursue them, however; and I dared not rouse the family, and fill the place with confusion; still less unfold the business to my master, absorbed as he was in his present calamity, and having no heart to spare for a second grief
If Bradley throws up his hand, I will unfold to you my last desperate plan.
And a more strange narrative than the two between them unfold it has not been my lot to come across.
Let us unfold them first, and then pass on to the private plans which perhaps had not less influence upon his Eminence than the others.
To you two, therefore, will I unfold the truth as it shall be.
There will be grief and trouble in that wilful little heart; Unfold thy leaves, my daughter, and let the fly depart.
And he proceeded to unfold the parcel, the lady watching him in rapture.