un·fold / ˌənˈfōld/ • v. open or spread out from a folded position: [tr.] he unfolded the map and laid it out on the table | [intr.] a Chinese paper flower that unfolds in water. ∎ [tr.] reveal or disclose (thoughts or information): Miss Eva unfolded her secret exploits to Mattie. ∎ [intr.] (of information or a sequence of events) be revealed or disclosed: there was a fascinating scene unfolding before me.DERIVATIVES: un·fold·ment n.