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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Neither means of access is very convenient: the roll top requires two hands to manipulate the latch and then unroll all the material, while access via the TIZIP requires one hand to grasp the bag firmly while the other yanks the TIZIP open. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Roll dough onto rolling pin, then unroll into a 9-inch pie pan, centering the round. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018 Carefully unroll the cake, leaving it on the towel (there may be some cracking). Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pumpkin Roll," 22 Oct. 2012 California isn’t alone in considering new privacy protections: Europe began unrolling new sweeping privacy regulations in May that gave customers the right to know what information is gathered about them and how long it is stored. Jazmine Ulloa, latimes.com, "California lawmakers agree to new consumer privacy rules that would avert showdown on the November ballot," 22 June 2018 Ethan sits on the front step beside an inflatable Santa who has been unrolled from a box, but has yet to be filled. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Nothing Less Than 20,000 Watts" by Susan Finch," 2 June 2018 Around the corner, Tia and a handful of young volunteers unrolled drop-cloths on the sidewalk beneath the mural. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Tia Richardson's newest mural is one neighborhood's vision of better things to come," 5 July 2018 Cleopatra had herself wrapped, while naked, in a carpet and then unrolled in front of Caesar, who promptly gave her carpet burn. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 The extension, which has been unrolling in phases, is meant to help alleviate traffic pressures in one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "In Hendricks County, Ronald Reagan Parkway extension pits science against growth," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of unroll

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

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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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