un·​roll | \ˌən-ˈrōl \
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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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 In her statement, Alaniz said Portage will continue to unroll the bulk of its comprehensive safety and security initiative that calls for expanding mental health and physical safety services for students and families. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Full-time school cops to stay at Portage Township," 23 June 2018 After stints at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, The New York Public Library, and Hammerstein Ballroom, the CFDA unrolled the red carpet at the Brooklyn Museum—only this was not your run of the mill event carpet. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Minimal Waste and a Recycled Red Carpet: Inside This Year’s CFDA Awards Dinner," 5 June 2018 After 15 months in office, while the Mueller probe and the White House countercampaign have dominated headlines, Mr. Sessions has unrolled a tough approach to gun crime, drugs and gangs that has pleased conservatives and unsettled liberals. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "The Split-Screen Existence of Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein," 27 May 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 \
unrolled; unrolling

Kids Definition of unroll

1 : to unwind a roll of

2 : to become unrolled

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