What does unfold mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blossom, blossom out, blossom forth, unfoldverb

    develop or come to a promising stage

    "Youth blossomed into maturity"

  2. unfoldverb

    open to the view

    "A walk through town will unfold many interesting buildings"

  3. unfold, stretch, stretch out, extendverb

    extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length

    "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth"; "extend the TV antenna"

  4. unfold, spread, spread out, openverb

    spread out or open from a closed or folded state

    "open the map"; "spread your arms"


  1. unfoldverb

    To undo a folding.

  2. unfoldverb

    To turn out to happen; to develop.

  3. unfoldverb

    To reveal.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Unfoldverb

    I saw on him rising
    Out of the water, heav’n above the clouds
    Unfold her crystal doors; thence on his head
    A perfect dove descend. Paradise Regain’d.

    Invade his hissing throat, and winding spires,
    ’Till stretch’d in length th’ unfolded foe retires. Dryden.

    Ah, what avail!
    The vivid green his shining plumes unfold. Alexander Pope.

    Sloth unfolds her arms, and wakes;
    List’ning envy drops her snakes. Alexander Pope, St. Cecilia.

    What tidings with our cousin Buckingham'? ————
    —— Such as my heart doth tremble to unfold. William Shakespeare.

    Unfold to me why you are heavy. William Shakespeare.

    Unfold the passion of my love;
    Surprize her with discourse of my dear faith. William Shakespeare.

    Helen, to you our minds we will unfold. William Shakespeare.

    How comes it thus? Unfold, celestial guide! John Milton.

    Things of deep sense we may in prose unfold;
    But they move more, in lofty numbers told. Wentworth Dillon.

    Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides,
    Who covers faults, at last with shame derides. William Shakespeare.

    If the object be seen through two or more such convex or concave glasses, every glass shall make a new image, and the object shall appear in the place, and of the bigness of the last image; which consideration unfolds the theory of microscopes and telescopes. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    We are the inhabitants of the earth, and endowed with understanding; doth it then properly belong to us, to examine and unfold the works of God? Burnet.


  1. unfold

    Unfold typically means to open or spread out something that has been folded. In a more abstract sense, it can also refer to revealing or disclosing information or details, or to develop or occur as a series of events or stages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unfoldverb

    to open the folds of; to expand; to spread out; as, to unfold a tablecloth

  2. Unfoldverb

    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

  3. Unfoldverb

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

  4. Unfoldverb

    to open; to expand; to become disclosed or developed

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unfold

    un-fōld′, v.t. to open the folds of: to release from a fold: to spread out: to tell.—v.i. to spread open, expand, develop.—ns. Unfold′er; Unfold′ing; Unfold′ment.


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unfold in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unfold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of unfold in a Sentence

  1. Kelley Paul:

    There is nothing more stressful than sitting home and watching things unfold in Washington or the media about someone you love and you feel sort of out of control or out of the realm of it, i didn't like that feeling of just sort of passively watching so I did start giving some more speeches and traveling with him. When you're out there you realize how quickly things are moving and how you can impact them so I did.

  2. Margaret Fuller:

    Two persons love in one another the future good which they aid one another to unfold.

  3. Jason Glassberg:

    The full and true impact of this has not been felt yet. We're still in the process of watching this unfold and we don't know what's going to happen in the long-term, i'd be surprised if the stock didn't take a hit at some point.

  4. Dr. Karl Menninger:

    Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.

  5. Erich Fromm:

    The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

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