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

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 At times, straightforward songs unfurl to become ballads with elaborate and mercurial immensity. Keegan Brady, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 There, the sun's path in the sky is at a steeper angle to the horizon, compared to in the Northern Hemisphere, which means the string of planets will unfurl higher above the sunrise point. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2022 Fresh palm fronds fan out wide to floppily face the sun and lacy baby monstera leaves sprout and unfurl like palms opening to be read. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 17 Mar. 2022 Women’s axons — nerve fibers that unfurl between neurons to form communication networks — have a generally leaner architecture that could shear more easily during trauma. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2022 And what happened is that the Mammy comes out, she was rolled out on this elevated stand that [give way to the] dancers that open up and unfurl the skirt into this backdrop. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2022 During those 29 days, Webb will unfold its mirrors and unfurl the sunshield. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 25 Dec. 2021 The decision is catastrophic, and as the White House has noted, its consequences will unfurl quickly. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2022 Then, once things warm up, the petals simply unfurl again to continue the show. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unfurl

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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26 Apr 2022

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“Unfurl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfurl. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unfurl


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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