Definition of unroll in US English:



  • Open or cause to open out from a rolled-up state.

    no object ‘the blanket unrolled as he tugged it’
    with object ‘two carpets had been unrolled’
    • ‘But in most parts of it, the red carpet so eagerly unrolled for me is swiftly jerked out from under his feet.’
    • ‘Yelina's eyes widened when she spotted the drum kits, which stood side-by-side on the carpet Jack had unrolled to cover the concrete floor.’
    • ‘Tyler set down the basket and unrolled the blanket, intent on setting things up himself.’
    • ‘Ataren said nothing but got to work on opening and unrolling the old scroll.’
    • ‘Caesar untied the carpet and unrolled it slowly.’
    • ‘I picked a random spot in the TV room and unrolled my sleeping bag.’
    • ‘The newspaper fell open easily, unrolling the front page to her view.’
    • ‘She unrolled her quilt and blanket onto the sofa.’
    • ‘Adam unrolled his sleeve and opened the box to show Daniel.’
    • ‘It must be carried from its transport, unfolded, unrolled, spread out, without any wrinkles, and then inflated with a massive fan.’
    • ‘They unroll the red carpet at just about every opportunity.’
    • ‘We had unrolled the unfinished version of the map and adjusted our helmet lights to shine on its laminated surface.’
    • ‘A couple of the others went to the bookshelves and retrieved several books and a couple of cylindrical scrolls they opened to unroll A2 sized parchments.’
    • ‘We unrolled our sleeping bags on the floor and stretched out.’
    • ‘Extending a network is rarely a matter of simply unrolling a length of cable, especially when a distance of miles must be traversed.’
    • ‘He unrolled my socks and opened my camera and even took the top off my toothpaste and gave it a squeeze.’
    • ‘We immediately unrolled our sleeping bags and threw them on the bed.’
    • ‘The grey carpet unrolled quite easily, which suggested that this was done before.’
    • ‘The brothers ended their conversation and unrolled their blankets and laid their heads in their saddles.’
    • ‘At the end of their first day of trekking, they unrolled their blankets on a side pad.’
    spread out, unfold, unfurl, straighten out
    spread out, unfolded, unfurled, unrolled, straightened out
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