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verb unfold pronunciation in American English /ʌnˈfoʊld/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleunfolding
past tenseunfolded
past participleunfolded
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  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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