un·​roll | \ ˌən-ˈrōl How to pronounce unroll (audio) \
unrolled; unrolling; unrolls

Definition of unroll

transitive verb

1 : to unwind a roll of : open out : uncoil
2 : to spread out like a scroll for reading or inspection : unfold, reveal

Examples of unroll in a Sentence

He carefully unrolled the ancient scroll. I unrolled the new carpet. When we arrived at the cabin, we unrolled our sleeping bags. The hose will unroll if you pull on it. Last week, the government unrolled a new vaccination campaign. The scandal unrolled over the course of several weeks.
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Recent Examples on the Web Gently unroll them, toss with more flour, and place in piles on a dish towel until ready to cook. cleveland, "‘Visit’ Rome via a staycation of recipes and cooking lessons," 24 June 2020 An important predecessor of Horace in this respect is the Greek Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, parts of whose treatises have been restored to us in recent years as scholars unroll and decipher charred papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum. Gregory Hays, The New York Review of Books, "Horace’s How-To," 27 May 2020 Microsoft is unrolling some new features for its new Edge browser, including a contextual flyout that opens a sidebar when performing a search, the company said Tuesday. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds Edge features: Sidebar search, Pinterest tie-ins and more," 19 May 2020 As part of Free People’s Fitness Week, which is ongoing through Sunday, the brand has been unrolling daily workouts, along with a range of at-home workout apparel, but there are also some deals and sales happening through the week, like this one. Lori Keong, SELF, "We Spotted Two Great Deals on Workout Underwear at Free People," 30 Apr. 2020 Unacast unrolled its Social Distancing Scoreboard on Tuesday. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Criticism mounts as DeSantis resists statewide stay-at-home order," 26 Mar. 2020 The result is a multiphase plan that will unroll with the $275,000 Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "The $440 million nonprofit arts industry expects major damage. Here's how to help.," 19 Mar. 2020 But pressing a button on the side activates a tiny motor that extends the phone's body on one side and unrolls more screen, almost doubling the total display area. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "After folding phone screens, get ready for unrolling displays," 5 Mar. 2020 Biden recently unrolled an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, the first Hispanic from Houston ever elected to Congress. Jeremy Wallace, ExpressNews.com, "How Democratic presidential candidates are trying to win Latino votes in Texas," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unroll

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Unroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unroll. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unroll

: to make (something that has been rolled) flat : to smooth out (something that is rolled up)
: to make (something) known in a public or formal way
: to happen as time passes


un·​roll | \ ˌən-ˈrōl How to pronounce unroll (audio) \
unrolled; unrolling

Kids Definition of unroll

1 : to unwind a roll of
2 : to become unrolled

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