Definition of unfurl in English:



  • Make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind.

    with object ‘a man was unfurling a sail’
    no object ‘the flags unfurl’
    • ‘President Bush helped unfurl a giant flag, and pledged to press the fight against terrorism.’
    • ‘Then, Lancelot unfurled a roll of names of squires who were to be dubbed a knight.’
    • ‘He took it, almost reluctant to open it, but still he unfurled the flag.’
    • ‘Each morning she unfurls her American flag and attaches it to the stand on the outside wall of her home.’
    • ‘Several unidentified men began unfurling banners of white cloth on which they had written statements.’
    • ‘Should tide you over until the flag is unfurled over Ibrox, for lest we forget, Glasgow Rangers are Champions!’
    • ‘As it was said, a flagpole had a horizontal slat on the top so that it could be possible to unfurl the flag wide.’
    • ‘Women, it is commonly believed, sewed the rebel flag that was unfurled on Bakery Hill as a symbol of united resistance.’
    • ‘Therefore, think before you open your mouth, unfurl your pen, punch a keyboard or click a mouse.’
    • ‘The boat suddenly lurched and spun about as the sail was unfurled and caught the wind.’
    • ‘Once grass starts sprouting and leaves begin to unfurl on trees, the vegetation gives the world a greenish cast on an overcast day.’
    • ‘She knotted her jacket's sleeves around her waist and from a pocket she unfurled a roll of balloons.’
    • ‘Yet children gathered at the school yesterday to unfurl the national flag and some recited prayers.’
    • ‘County flags are unfurled and plans are made for the journey to the ‘match’.’
    • ‘A few pearls roll off, unfurling some genuinely glistening sounds for the waning summer days.’
    • ‘Flag fever is unfurling across Manchester as the city is swept up on a wave of World Cup and Jubilee celebrations.’
    • ‘My eyelids slowly opened as though unfurling to a new day, and I found myself gazing into his eyes.’
    • ‘But most of the rolls will also be unfurled on new housing sites springing up all over the country.’
    • ‘Tom, if you have to ask why there is a roll of toilet paper unfurled on Washington Street, obviously you don't have a clue.’
    • ‘Southend today unfurled the flag of success as its beaches were named among the best in Europe.’
    untwine, disentwine, disentangle, unravel, unsnarl, unwind, unroll, uncoil, unreel, undo, spread out, open, open out, lay out, straighten, straighten out, unkink
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