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