unfold - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ʌnˈfəʊld/
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.

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

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