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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.