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verb     unfold pronunciation in American English
/ʌnˈfoʊld/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyunfold
he/she/itunfolds
present participleunfolding
past tenseunfolded
past participleunfolded
  1. 1
    [transitive] to open something that was folded

    Lewis unfolded the note and read it quickly.

    We need to unfold the chairs before everyone arrives.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become open after being folded

      The first bright red blossoms were unfolding in the field.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to happen, or to develop

    We stood and watched the drama unfold.

    1. a.
      to become more clear as details become known

      The scandal is still unfolding, and it may be weeks before it is settled.

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