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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That means flags in Statesville must be no larger than 25 feet by 40 feet, roughly half the size of the American flag that Marcus Lemonis has unfurled outside his Gander RV company. USA TODAY, "‘Lorax’ tree legend, butter Elmo, meth squirrel: News from around our 50 states," 19 June 2019 Aggressive Intervention’ to Create Jobs] As the Democratic base increasingly demands action on climate change, other candidates have unfurled major environmental policies. Katie Glueck, New York Times, "Climate Change Takes Center Stage as Biden and Warren Release Plans," 4 June 2019 On Thursday a group of pro-China protesters gathered at a mall in a flash mob-style demonstration, unfurling the Chinese flag and singing the national anthem. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters form human chain as government offers concessions," 13 Sep. 2019 The game between #Nice and #Marseille #OGCNOM was halted for several minutes after Nice fans unfurled two banners with homophobic messages. SI.com, "Antoine Griezmann Insists Games Should Be Stopped if Racist or Homophobic Chanting Is Heard," 11 Sep. 2019 The latest incident came after Wednesday game between Nice and Marseille — also in the top tier — was halted for several minutes after Nice fans unfurled two banners with homophobic messages. Washington Post, "2nd French game in 3 days halted after homophobic banners," 30 Aug. 2019 Jim Noland unfurled a Trump flag as big as a minivan in a rural town near Erie. Fortune, "Trump’s America: Where Politics Dictate the Definition of Racism," 6 Aug. 2019 The complaint unfurled a litany of grievances: bugs, mice, 48 beds and 4 bathrooms. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "Unwatched, a sober home business boomed. Then they found the bones," 3 Aug. 2019 Members of the Department of Public Safety were observing the conditions of a 10-foot-deep hole that unfurled Friday next to Ron Fox’s home, the report showed. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "What could be another sinkhole opens in The Villages: report," 23 July 2019

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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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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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