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’
    • ‘Then, Lancelot unfurled a roll of names of squires who were to be dubbed a knight.’
    • ‘Several unidentified men began unfurling banners of white cloth on which they had written statements.’
    • ‘As it was said, a flagpole had a horizontal slat on the top so that it could be possible to unfurl the flag wide.’
    • ‘Yet children gathered at the school yesterday to unfurl the national flag and some recited prayers.’
    • ‘The boat suddenly lurched and spun about as the sail was unfurled and caught the wind.’
    • ‘She knotted her jacket's sleeves around her waist and from a pocket she unfurled a roll of balloons.’
    • ‘Once grass starts sprouting and leaves begin to unfurl on trees, the vegetation gives the world a greenish cast on an overcast day.’
    • ‘County flags are unfurled and plans are made for the journey to the ‘match’.’
    • ‘Should tide you over until the flag is unfurled over Ibrox, for lest we forget, Glasgow Rangers are Champions!’
    • ‘Southend today unfurled the flag of success as its beaches were named among the best in Europe.’
    • ‘My eyelids slowly opened as though unfurling to a new day, and I found myself gazing into his eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But most of the rolls will also be unfurled on new housing sites springing up all over the country.’
    • ‘Each morning she unfurls her American flag and attaches it to the stand on the outside wall of her home.’
    • ‘Women, it is commonly believed, sewed the rebel flag that was unfurled on Bakery Hill as a symbol of united resistance.’
    • ‘He took it, almost reluctant to open it, but still he unfurled the flag.’
    • ‘President Bush helped unfurl a giant flag, and pledged to press the fight against terrorism.’
    • ‘Therefore, think before you open your mouth, unfurl your pen, punch a keyboard or click a mouse.’
    • ‘Flag fever is unfurling across Manchester as the city is swept up on a wave of World Cup and Jubilee celebrations.’
    • ‘A few pearls roll off, unfurling some genuinely glistening sounds for the waning summer days.’
    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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