verb (used with object)
- to bring out of a folded state; spread or open out: Unfold your arms.
- to spread out or lay open to view.
- to reveal or display.
- to reveal or disclose in words, especially by careful or systematic exposition; set forth; explain.
verb (used without object)
- to become unfolded; open.
- to develop.
- to become clear, apparent, or known: The protagonist’s character unfolds as the story reaches its climax.
- to open or spread out or be opened or spread out from a folded state
- to reveal or be revealedthe truth unfolds
- to develop or expand or be developed or expanded
v.Old English unfealdan, “to open or unwrap the folds of,” also figuratively, “to disclose, reveal,” from un- (2) “opposite of” + fold (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch ontvouden, German entfalten. Intransitive sense is attested from late 14c. Related: Unfolded; unfolding.