unfurl

verb
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

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Snaking roads unfurl under accurate steering and resolute body control. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Gusts of wind unfurled American flags Monday in downtown Northbrook as the village marked Memorial Day with a parade and remembrance ceremony. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Northbrook marks Memorial Day with parade, ceremony," 29 May 2018 The climber was among about 40 demonstrators who earlier unfurled a banner calling for abolishing the federal government’s chief immigration enforcement agency, said Jay W. Walker, an organizer with Rise and Resist, which arranged the demonstration. Washington Post, "Protester’s climb shuts down Statue of Liberty on July 4," 6 July 2018 Late last month a group of Dutch soccer fans in Zwolle unfurled a banner showing him as a young soldier with an eye patch. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "A One-Eyed Québécois ‘Rambo’ Captures Imaginations in Canada," 27 May 2018 But as the crowds swelled throughout the afternoon in response to Hamas’ calls for a large turnout, dozens of protesters approached the fence, unfurling Palestinian flags and throwing rocks and explosives toward Israeli soldiers. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Rockets from Gaza Strip hit Israel; 4 die at border protest," 31 Mar. 2019 No one expected the season’s emotional climax to unfurl at Tommy Hilfiger’s Paris takeover. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Takeaways of Paris Fashion Week," 6 Mar. 2019 The wider, deeper bowls tapering up to a slightly more narrow rim provide ample room for the champagne's aromas to unfurl while also directing them up into the nose instead of dissipating them out in to the air. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 The trees had just begun to unfurl their bright green buds; the wind still carried a chill. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "After a hard past, she had found joy," 14 Jan. 2018

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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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unfurl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unfurl

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

unfurl

verb
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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