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 Other prominent members include Javier Ortega Smith, a former green beret who helped unfurl a giant Spanish flag from the Rock of Gibraltar. Washington Post, "How Vox Evokes Spain’s Past to Shake Politics Today," 11 Nov. 2019 The top five trending terms about the city on Tuesday were stories of patriotic Hong Kongers unfurling the Chinese flag on the iconic Lion Rock mountain, or groups gathering in the streets to celebrate the anniversary. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Hong Kong descended into chaos. In flag-covered Beijing, almost no one noticed," 2 Oct. 2019 The Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt-starring film will unfurl in China on Oct. 25. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Lands China Release Date," 23 Sep. 2019 Other hikers arrived, including a large contingent from South Korea, filling the small house to capacity: 52 people unfurled their sleeping bags in every nook and cranny. Jake Halpern, New York Times, "A Chance to Bond on a Perilous Hiking Trail in Iceland," 21 Aug. 2019 Right on cue, as the last of the detainees enter, the wind picks up, unfurling the flag and snapping it into picture-perfect position. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Terror: Infamy turns America’s WWII internment camps into a bleak ghost story," 19 Aug. 2019 There, Lavelle's likeness was painted on a banner that was unfurled in the Bailey supporters' section prior to the match. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Rose Lavelle: USWNT World Cup title brings adulation, challenges," 8 July 2019 The wine tastes big at first as the power of the vintage comes through, but with a little time and air, the wine’s finesse begins to unfurl. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At $20, this aromatic Chilean red blend is actually a massive bargain," 6 Sep. 2019 After some testing to make sure everything is working correctly, the cubesat will begin to unfurl its mylar sail, which is about the size of a boxing ring and thinner than a human hair. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "SpaceX Is Launching a Solar Sail the Size of a Boxing Ring," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of unfurl

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of unfurl was in 1641

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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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