- Unfold is defined as to open or undo something folded, or make something known that wasn't.
- An example of unfold is opening a birthday card.
- An example of unfold is uncrossing your arms.
- An example of unfold is a secret being revealed.
- to open and spread out (something folded)
- to make known or lay open to view, esp. in stages or little by little; reveal, disclose, display, or explain
Origin of unfoldMiddle English unfolden ; from Old English unfealdan ; from un-, un- + fealdan, to fold
- to become unfolded; open out or open up
- to develop fully
verbun·fold·ed, un·fold·ing, un·folds
- To open and spread out (something folded); extend.
- To remove the coverings from; disclose to view: unfold a package.
- To reveal gradually by written or spoken explanation; make known: “He unfolded his tale of woe: the descriptions of poverty and the great distance they had traveled, the abuses they had suffered, the injustice of it all” (Robert Rosenberg).
- a. To become spread out; open out: Spring flowers unfolded everywhere.b. To develop or occur as a series of events or stages: “The trial unfolded in an imposing, high-ceilinged courtroom in Westminster Hall” (Adam Hochschild).
- To be revealed gradually to the understanding: A solution to the problem unfolded as they spoke.
(third-person singular simple present unfolds, present participle unfolding, simple past and past participle unfolded)
- To undo a folding.
- to unfold a tablecloth
- (intransitive) To turn out to happen; to develop.
- To reveal.
- To open (anything covered or closed); to lay open to view or contemplation; to bring out in all the details, or by successive development.
- to unfold one's designs; to unfold the principles of a science
- To release from a fold or pen.
- to unfold sheep