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 Working with private partners, the project will unroll a new technology for nonprofit organizations to provide better services and job development skills. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Gov. Hogan announces $25 million project to help children reverse effects of COVID pandemic," 6 May 2021 Maybe Zuckerberg envisioned that, in determining whether Trump should return, the board would unroll a litany of bilious Trump posts to justify its ruling. Steven Levy, Wired, "Oversight Board to Facebook: We’re Not Going to Do Your Dirty Work," 5 May 2021 Make the filling first and then unroll the fragile dough sheets. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Hortopita, a Greek pie of greens and feta in phyllo dough, is a country cousin to familiar spanakopita," 20 Apr. 2021 Pitch your tent and unroll your sleeping bag in your living room or backyard to repair any holes, tears, or zippers that have seen better days. Alisha Mcdarris, Popular Science, "How to prep your gear for the first camping trip of the season," 10 Mar. 2021 Surely the rational response to the events of 2020 is not to unroll a yoga mat and check out for 10 minutes. New York Times, "The Reigning Queen of Pandemic Yoga," 25 Nov. 2020 Wrap the dough around your rolling pin, then gently unroll it onto the tart pan. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A French Answer to American Apple Pie," 19 Nov. 2020 Then gently drop it onto the pie plate or pan and unfold or unroll it. Melissa Weller, Bon Appétit, "A Pastry Chef’s Extremely Detailed Guide to Your Best Pie Ever," 17 Nov. 2020 The Army orders a new kind of map—2 x 3–foot sheets that troops in the field can unroll and shine a flashlight on to reveal a hologram of the terrain in front of them. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, "How Kim Kardashian's Dad Came Back to Life in a Terrifying Hologram," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unroll

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

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9 May 2021

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“Unroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unroll. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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