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unfold

verb uk   /ʌnˈfəʊld/ us    /-ˈfoʊld/

unfold verb (OPEN)

C1 [T] to open or spread out something that has been folded: If we unfold the table we can fit eight people around it. He watched her expression as she unfolded the letter.

unfold verb (DEVELOP)

C2 [I] If a situation or story unfolds, it develops or becomes clear to other people: Like a lot of people, I've watched the events of the last few days unfold on TV. As the plot unfolds, you gradually realize that all your initial assumptions were wrong. [T] formal to tell someone about something, especially a plan, and explain it in detail: I've arranged a lunch with him next Thursday at which I intend to unfold my proposal.
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