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 If said antennae would otherwise need to unfurl after a satellite reaches orbit, this could eliminate one potential source of hardware failure. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Coverage of “wooden satellites” misses the point," 29 Dec. 2020 Unlike other smartphones incorporating bendable screen tech, the Oppo doesn’t fold – rather it can be pulled to unfurl an extra inch or so of screen width. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Hard conversations need great design," 24 Nov. 2020 To transfer the dough to the pan, gently roll it up around the pin, then unfurl it into a 9-inch pie plate. Washington Post, "Decorate this caramel apple pie with festive, buttery pastry cutouts," 13 Nov. 2020 The photos unfurl the imagination: an Earthship modeled after a Hobbit house, a fire pit in the woods beside a homely black shipping container, a treehouse with a wraparound porch, nestled between birches or aspens. Washington Post, "If you’re thinking of a drastic lifestyle change, ‘Off Grid Life’ will feed your fantasy (or kill it)," 30 Oct. 2020 Species of flying beetles fling open their two elytra to unfurl their wings. Matt Simon, Wired, "How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car," 21 Oct. 2020 Vaccines are intended to unfurl an immune response without interference from the virus, and thus may avoid this inflammatory sequence. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "Coronavirus Reinfections Are Real but Very, Very Rare," 13 Oct. 2020 In its current home, Reilly said, ICA didn’t have enough room to unfurl the flag entirely as conservators worked on it. Steven Litt, cleveland, "ICA-Art Conservation announces move from hip Hingetown area to new Pivot Center for arts in Astrup Building," 3 Oct. 2020 But when rains come, the eggs unfurl into small, feathery crustaceans called fairy shrimp, the freshwater cousins of brine shrimp. Sabrina Imbler New York Times, Star Tribune, "In the world's hottest desert, shrimp endure," 24 Sep. 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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8 Jan 2021

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“Unfurl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfurl. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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