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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

  • intransitive v. To open; to expand; to become disclosed or developed.
  • 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.

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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