unfurl

verb
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 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 Local and federal officials on Friday held a news conference to address security issues and deliver updates on the plans still unfurling just days before usually large crowds descend on the Mall from across the region and the country. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "DC Fourth of July event will now have a VIP section," 28 June 2019 Local and federal officials on Friday held a news conference to address security issues and deliver updates on the plans still unfurling just days before usually large crowds descend on the Mall from across the region and the country. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Trump plans ticketed-access area for VIPs, friends and family at July 4 celebration," 28 June 2019 The corpse flower is set to unfurl this week, but people in the Cal State area shouldn't worry—the bloom only stays open and unleashes its scent for a few days, and won't open again for another seven to ten years. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A “Stinky Corpse” Flower Has Arrived in Southern California and It’s Almost Ready to Bloom," 22 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of unfurl

1641, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of unfurl was in 1641

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unfurl

verb
How to pronounce unfurl (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unfurl

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

unfurl

verb
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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