unfurl - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ʌnˈfɜː(r)l/
present tense
I/you/we/theyunfurl
he/she/itunfurls
present participleunfurling
past tenseunfurled
past participleunfurled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to untie or open something that was rolled up, for example a flag or an umbrella, and let it spread out
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to spread out after being untied
  2. 2
    [intransitive] mainly literary if a story or event unfurls, it develops, or it starts to happen