Definitions for: Unfold


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Un*fold", v. t. [AS. unfealdan. See 1st Un-, and
Fold, v. t.]
1. To open the folds of; to expand; to spread out; as, to
unfold a tablecloth.

Unfold thy forehead gathered into frowns. --Herbert.

2. To open, as anything covered or close; to lay open to view
or contemplation; to bring out in all the details, or by
successive development; to display; to disclose; to
reveal; to elucidate; to explain; as, to unfold one's
designs; to unfold the principles of a science.

Unfold the passion of my love. --Shak.

3. To release from a fold or pen; as, to unfold sheep.


Un*fold", v. i.
To open; to expand; to become disclosed or developed.

The wind blows cold While the morning doth unfold. --J.
Fletcher.

Synonyms: blossom, blossom forth, blossom out, extend, open, spread, spread out, stretch, stretch out

Antonyms: fold, fold up, turn up

See Also: bring out, butterfly, change form, change shape, deform, develop, divaricate, exfoliate, grass, reveal, splay, uncover, uncross, undo, unveil

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