Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to open the folds of ; spread or straighten out ; expand <
unfolded the map
b. to remove (as a package) from the folds ; unwrap 2. to open to the view ; reveal; especially to make clear by gradual disclosure and often by recital intransitive verb 1. a. to open from a folded state ; open out ; expand b. blossom 2. develop, evolve <
as the story unfolds
3. to open out gradually to the view or understanding ; become known <
a panorama unfolds before their eyes
unfoldment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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