from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To open and spread out (something folded); extend.
- transitive v. To remove the coverings from; disclose to view.
- transitive v. To reveal gradually by written or spoken explanation; make known.
- intransitive v. To become spread out; open out: Spring flowers unfolded everywhere.
- intransitive v. To develop, as if by spreading out: A brilliant career unfolded.
- intransitive v. To be revealed gradually to the understanding: A solution to the problem unfolded as they spoke.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To undo a folding.
- v. To turn out to happen; to develop.
- v. To reveal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To open the folds of; to expand; to spread out.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To release from a fold or pen.
- intransitive v. To open; to expand; to become disclosed or developed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To open the folds of; expand; spread out; change from a folded condition, in any sense of the word fold. To lay open to view or contemplation; make known in all the details; develop; disclose; reveal: as, to unfold one's designs; to unfold the principles of a science.
- To show, or let be seen; display.
- To become opened out; be spread apart; become disclosed or developed; develop itself.
- To release from a fold or pen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. develop or come to a promising stage
- v. spread out or open from a closed or folded state
- v. open to the view
- v. extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
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