un·​curl | \ ˌən-ˈkər(-ə)l How to pronounce uncurl (audio) \
uncurled; uncurling; uncurls

Definition of uncurl

intransitive verb

: to become straightened out from a curled or coiled position

transitive verb

: to straighten the curls of : unroll

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Synonyms & Antonyms for uncurl


straighten, unbend, unkink


bend, crook, curl, curve

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Examples of uncurl in a Sentence

The snake uncurled and slithered off. uncurled the ribbon and flattened it out

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As the pro-United States crowd filling the stadium erupted in cheers, Rapinoe jogged toward the corner flag, uncurled a slow pirouette and lifted her arms to either side, like a bullfighter awash in adulation. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Wins World Cup and Becomes a Champion for Its Time," 7 July 2019 In the short clip, what appeared to be a snake or dragon tail curled and uncurled under video static. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "'As a Show of Power, Taylor Swift Will Blot Out the Sun': Internet Reacts to Singer's Cryptic Clip on Eclipse Day," 21 Aug. 2017 Late spring is time for the white bells of salal, intermingled with uncurling fronds of new ferns, and one of my favorites: tiny starflowers, with their single pinkish-white, seven-pointed star shining from a cluster of deep green leaves. Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times, "A Hike and a Happy Hour: Explore splendid Camano Island and its new Naked City pub," 7 June 2017 Using a water hose, uncurl it to make a straight line in the grass. Angela Peterson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Motion - Backyard workout," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of uncurl

1588, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of uncurl was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of uncurl

: to make (something that is curled or coiled) straight


un·​curl | \ ˌən-ˈkərl How to pronounce uncurl (audio) \
uncurled; uncurling

Kids Definition of uncurl

: to make or become straightened out from a curled position

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