unfurl

verb un·furl \ ˌən-ˈfər(-ə)l \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

  1. after the protestors had unfurled their banner, it stretched from one side of the visitors' gallery to the other

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First Known Use of unfurl

1641

unfurl Synonyms

Synonyms
expand, extend, fan (out), flare (out), outspread, outstretch, spread (out), stretch (out), unfold, open
Antonyms
close, contract, fold
Related Words
overspread
Near Antonyms
compact, compress, condense, reduce

UNFURL Defined for English Language Learners

unfurl

verb

Definition of unfurl for English Language Learners

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


UNFURL Defined for Kids

unfurl

verb un·furl \ ˌən-ˈfərl \

Definition of unfurl for Students

unfurled; unfurling
:to open out from a rolled or folded state
  • unfurl a flag


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