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 After dinner at the ecolodge that night—on the eve of our 6-day quest in the reserve—Lozada Toledo unrolls a homemade map. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 The Patriots unrolled the banner for their sixth Super Bowl championship Sunday night in a ceremony ahead of their Week 1 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots’ banner ceremony is a blast from the past," 8 Sep. 2019 The Bradley Bunch had to assemble at the bottom of the baggage claim stairs, unroll their posters and greet their team. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Meet the Bradley Bunch, a group of Hartford Athletic fans who welcome the soccer team at the airport after every away game," 10 Aug. 2019 The three-minute clip features troops unleashing rounds of gunfire, blowing up cars, unrolling barbed-wire barricades and launching missiles. Time, "Chinese Military Video Seen as a Thinly Veiled Warning to Hong Kong," 1 Aug. 2019 There's also the race to be first: Just ask Elon Musk, who recently teased at an investor's day that Tesla could unroll autonomous vehicles as soon as next year. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "These Women Are Building Uber's First Self-Driving Car," 16 July 2019 Klobuchar's 18-member team unrolled nine key endorsements last month. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "In New Hampshire, 2020 Democrats battle for every voter they can find," 9 Aug. 2019 Gently roll the dough onto the pin, then unroll into a 9-inch regular (not deep-dish) pie dish, centering it. Los Angeles Times, "Duck fat: the magic ingredient you didn’t know your peach pie needed," 27 July 2019 The episodes would unroll randomly, surprising us with their order, putting unlikely episodes side-by-side. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "This week in TV: ‘Stranger Things’ is back, channel surfing lives, and TV goes to the movies," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of unroll

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

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The first known use of unroll was in the 15th century

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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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