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verb unfold pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈfəʊld/ 
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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 green leaves were unfolding in the hedge.

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

    We stood and watched the drama unfold.

    the human catastrophe unfolding on Europe's doorstep

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

      The scandal is still unfolding, but there may be a resolution soon.

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