un·​furl | \ ˌən-ˈfər(-ə)l How to pronounce unfurl (audio) \
unfurled; unfurling; unfurls

Definition of unfurl

transitive verb

: to release from a furled state

intransitive verb

: to open out from or as if from a furled state : unfold

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Examples of unfurl in a Sentence

after the protestors had unfurled their banner, it stretched from one side of the visitors' gallery to the other
Recent Examples on the Web But activists primarily targeted property, unfurling banners, propping open emergency doors, setting off a smoke bomb, and pouring fast-acting glue into turnstiles so the Metro Card readers could not function. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "MTA Protests in New York City Target Fare Hikes, Police Conduct," 14 Feb. 2020 When it’s unfurled, the phone has a vertically long display that measures 6.7 inches on the diagonal. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Hands On With Samsung’s New Galaxy Z Flip Phone," 11 Feb. 2020 In time, Mayotte faded away into the distance, Anjouan emerged from the haze, and a deckhand unfurled a Comorian flag, which fluttered, limply, in the breeze. Tommy Trenchard, Harper's magazine, "Oceans Apart," 6 Jan. 2020 Hurley sat at a table in front of the media room and unfurled a piece of paper with pertinent numbers. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Arizona State basketball coach Bobby Hurley lashes out at Pac-12 Network broadcast team," 12 Dec. 2019 Doing so would not only mean unfurling his greatest second-half surge ever, but would vault him within one title of A.J. Foyt’s previously believed to be untouchable record of seven. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Driver-favorite Road America returns to kick off second half of IndyCar season," 20 June 2019 Like their larger counterparts, these wee things can be furled and unfurled easily. New York Times, "The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick," 15 Feb. 2018 Large multi-story banners featuring Netanyahu with Putin, as well as others featuring President Donald Trump and Indian premier Narendra Modi, were unfurled on three sides of the party’s Tel Aviv headquarters. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "As Russia cracks down on dissent, Netanyahu campaign ads feature Putin," 31 July 2019 The sail unfurled a few feet and then refused to budge. The Editors, Outside Online, "How to Chill Out and Relax Already," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unfurl

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of unfurl was in 1641

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21 Feb 2020

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“Unfurl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfurl. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfurl

: to cause (something that is folded or rolled up) to open


un·​furl | \ ˌən-ˈfərl How to pronounce unfurl (audio) \
unfurled; unfurling

Kids Definition of unfurl

: to open out from a rolled or folded state unfurl a flag

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