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Verb (usu participle)


Verb unfold has 4 senses


unfoldv. t. [AS. unfealdan. See 1st Un-, and Fold, v. t.].
  •  To open the folds of; to expand; to spread out; as, to unfold a tablecloth.  [1913 Webster]
    "Unfold thy forehead gathered into frowns."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To open, as anything covered or close; to lay open to view or contemplation; to bring out in all the details, or by successive development; to display; to disclose; to reveal; to elucidate; to explain; as, to unfold one's designs; to unfold the principles of a science.  [1913 Webster]
    "Unfold the passion of my love."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To release from a fold or pen; as, to unfold sheep.  [1913 Webster]
unfoldv. i. 
     To open; to expand; to become disclosed or developed.  [1913 Webster]
    "The wind blows cold
    While the morning doth unfold.
    "  [1913 Webster]


unfold, v.
1 tr. open the fold or folds of, spread out.
2 tr. reveal (thoughts etc.).
3 intr. become opened out.
4 intr. develop.

unfoldment n. US.
OE unfealdan (as UN-(2), FOLD(1))



account for, affect, allegorize, amplify, attend, bare, be revealed, become of, betoken, branch, branch out, brandish, break the seal, breathe, bring forth, bring forward, bring into view, bring out, bring to light, bring to notice, clarify, clear, clear up, come about, come of, come out, crack, dangle, decipher, demonstrate, demythologize, deobstruct, deploy, descant, detail, develop, dilate, disclose, discover, dismask, disperse, display, dissolve, divulge, dope out, dramatize, draw the veil, elaborate, elucidate, embody, enact, end, enlarge, enlarge upon, enlighten, ensue, euhemerize, eventuate, evidence, evince, evolve, exemplify, exhibit, expand, expatiate, explain, explain away, explicate, expose, expose to view, exposit, expound, express, extend, fall out, fan, fan out, fare, figure out, flare, flaunt, flourish, follow, free, give reason for, give sign, give the meaning, give token, happen, highlight, illuminate, illustrate, impart, incarnate, indicate, issue, lay bare, lay open, let daylight in, let out, make clear, make plain, manifest, materialize, mean, occur, open, open up, outspread, outstretch, overgrow, overrun, pan out, parade, particularize, patefy, perform, popularize, present, produce, prove, prove to be, puzzle out, raise the curtain, ramify, rationalize, rehearse in extenso, relate at large, represent, resolve, result, reveal, roll out, set forth, shed light upon, show, show forth, show how, show the way, show up, simplify, solve, spell out, splay, spotlight, spraddle, sprangle, sprawl, spread, spread like wildfire, spread out, straighten out, stretch out, strip bare, take place, terminate, throw light upon, token, trot out, turn out, unblock, uncase, unclench, uncloak, unclog, unclutch, uncoil, uncork, uncover, uncurtain, undo, undrape, unfoul, unfurl, unkennel, unlatch, unlock, unmask, unpack, unplug, unravel, unreel, unriddle, unroll, unscreen, unseal, unsheathe, unshroud, unshut, unstop, unveil, unwind, unwrap, wave, widen, work out




VB be straight, have no turning, not incline to either side, not bend to either side, not turn to either side, not deviate to either side, go straight, steer for, render straight, straighten, rectify, set straight, put straight, unbend, unfold, uncurl &c, unravel, unwrap.


VB evolve, unfold, unroll, unwind, uncoil, untwist, unfurl, untwine, unravel, untangle, disentangle, develop.


VB interpret, explain, define, construe, translate, render, do into, turn into, transfuse the sense of, find out, 1 the meaning of, read, spell out, make out, decipher, unravel, disentangle, find the key of, enucleate, resolve, solve, read between the lines, account for, find the cause, tell the cause of, throw light upon, shed light upon, shed new light upon, shed fresh light upon, clear up, clarify, elucidate, illustrate, exemplify, unfold, expound, comment upon, annotate, popularize, take in a particular sense, understand in a particular sense, receive in a particular sense, accept in a particular sense, understand by, put a construction on, be given to understand.


VB disclose, discover, dismask, draw the veil, draw aside the veil, lift the veil, raise the veil, lift up the veil, remove the veil, tear aside the veil, tear the curtain, unmask, unveil, unfold, uncover, unseal, unkennel, take off the seal, break the seal, lay open, lay bare, expose, open, open up, bare, bring to light, divulge, reveal, break, squeal, tattle, sing, rat, snitch, let into the secret, reveal the secrets of the prison house, tell, breathe, utter, blab, peach, let out, let fall, let drop, let slip, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, betray, tell tales, come out of school, come out with, give vent, give utterance to, open the lips, blurt out, vent, whisper about, speak out, make public, unriddle, split, acknowledge, allow, concede, grant, admit, own, own up to, confess, avow, throw off all disguise, turn inside out, make a clean breast, show one's hand, show one's cards, unburden one's mind, disburden one's mind, disburden one's conscience, disburden one's heart, open one's mind, lay bare one's mind, tell a piece of one's mind, unbosom oneself, own to the soft impeachment, say the truth, speak the truth, turn King's evidence, Queen's evidence, acknowledge the corn, raise the mask, drop the mask, lift the mask, remove the mask, throw off the mask, expose, lay open, undeceive, unbeguile, disabuse, set right, correct, open the eyes of, d_esillusionner, be disclosed, transpire, come to light, come in sight, become known, escape the lips, come out, ooze out, creep out, leak out, peep out, crop-out, show its face, show its colors, discover itself, break through the clouds, flash on the mind.

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