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English verb: unfold

1. unfold (change) develop or come to a promising stage

SamplesYouth blossomed into maturity.

Synonymsblossom, blossom forth, blossom out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

2. unfold (perception) open to the view

SamplesA walk through town will unfold many interesting buildings.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring out, reveal, uncover, unveil

3. unfold (motion) extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length

SamplesUnfold the newspaper.
Stretch out that piece of cloth.
Extend the TV antenna.

Synonymsextend, stretch, stretch out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

Verb groupextend

4. unfold (contact) spread out or open from a closed or folded state

SamplesOpen the map.
Spread your arms.

Synonymsopen, spread, spread out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)undo

Narrower (hyponym)butterfly, divaricate, exfoliate, grass, splay, uncross

Antonymsfold, fold up, turn up

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