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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.

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. Vanna Bonta:

    The real story is not the plot, but how the characters unfold by it.

  2. Jose Baez:

    Hernandez strongly maintains his innocence, and I plan to establish that before a jury of his peers, we understand that numerous reports of our client's alleged activity have been published, but we ask the public to afford Mr. Hernandez the presumption of innocence and let the facts unfold in a court of law.

  3. Albert Paulsson:

    The1776 Unitescurriculum teaches that resilience in the face of opposition defines Black America in particular, and that there is a rich history of Black Americans who rose above the harshest of circumstances by embracing their own personal agency and living out the true founding values of our country, these stories continue to unfold all around us today.

  4. Feltham:

    To reprehend well is the most necessary and the hardest part of friendship. Who is it that does not sometimes merit a check, and yet how few will endure one? Yet wherein can a friend more unfold his love than in preventing dangers before their birth, or in bringing a man to safety who is travelling on the road to ruin? I grant there is a manner of reprehending which turns a benefit into an injury, and then it both strengthens error and wounds the giver. When thou chidest thy wandering friend do it secretly, in season, in love, not in the ear of a popular convention, for oftentimes the presence of a multitude makes a man take up an unjust defence, rather than fall into a just shame.

  5. Dermot Shea:

    We'll go where the evidence leads us, but it's a little preliminary to make speculation whether it's a gambling dispute, whether it's a robbery, but that will unfold as the day goes on.

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    out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
    • A. lank
    • B. flabby
    • C. repugnant
    • D. naiant

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