unfold


unfold

verb

Definition of UNFOLD

1
to arrange the parts of (something) over a wider area <carefully unfold that antique map so that it doesn't tear>
Synonyms expand, extend, fan (out), flare (out), outspread, outstretch, spread (out), stretch (out), unfold, unfurl
Related Words overspread
Near Antonyms compact, compress, condense, reduce
Antonyms close, contract, fold
2
to gradually become clearer or more detailed <as the situation unfolded, it became clear that more help would be needed>
3
to produce flowers <the rosebud unfolded literally overnight>
Synonyms blossom, blow, burgeon (also bourgeon), effloresce, flower, unfold
Related Words leaf, leave; bud; open
4
to come into view <the majestic landscape unfolded before us>
Near Antonyms depart, leave, retire, withdraw
Antonyms clear, disappear, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, go (away), melt (away), vanish

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