unfurl

[[t]ʌ̱nfɜ͟ː(r)l[/t]]
unfurls, unfurling, unfurled
1) V-ERG If you unfurl something rolled or folded such as an umbrella, sail, or flag, you open it, so that it is spread out.

[V n] Once outside the inner breakwater, we began to unfurl all the sails.

...two weeks later when the leaves unfurl.

2) VERB If you say that events, stories, or scenes unfurl before you, you mean that you are aware of them or can see them as they happen or develop.

...as the dramatic changes in Europe continue to unfurl.

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  • Unfurl — Un*furl , v. t. & i. [1st pref. un + furl.] To loose from a furled state; to unfold; to expand; to open or spread; as, to unfurl sails; to unfurl a flag. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unfurl — [unfʉrl′] vt., vi. to open or spread out from a furled state …   English World dictionary

  • unfurl — index bare, deploy, spread Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unfurl — (v.) 1640s, from UN (Cf. un ) (2) opposite of + FURL (Cf. furl) (v.). Related: unfurled, unfurling …   Etymology dictionary

  • unfurl — ► VERB ▪ spread out from a rolled or folded state …   English terms dictionary

  • unfurl — UK [ʌnˈfɜː(r)l] / US [ʌnˈfɜrl] verb Word forms unfurl : present tense I/you/we/they unfurl he/she/it unfurls present participle unfurling past tense unfurled past participle unfurled 1) a) [transitive] to untie or open something that was rolled… …   English dictionary

  • unfurl — verb Unfurl is used with these nouns as the object: ↑banner, ↑flag, ↑sail, ↑umbrella, ↑wing …   Collocations dictionary

  • unfurl — Date: 1641 transitive verb to release from a furled state intransitive verb to open out from or as if from a furled state ; unfold …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unfurl — unfurlable, adj. /un ferrl /, v.t. 1. to spread or shake out from a furled state, as a sail or a flag; unfold. v.i. 2. to become unfurled. [1635 45; UN 2 + FURL] * * * …   Universalium

  • unfurl — verb /ʌnˈfəːl,ʌnˈfɝl/ a) To unroll or release something that had been rolled up, typically a sail or a flag. They unfurled the flag at the start of the festival. b) To roll out or debut anything. When will we …   Wiktionary

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