- 1[transitive, intransitive] unfold (something) to spread open or flat something that has previously been folded; to become open and flat to unfold a map She unfolded her arms. opposite fold
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to be gradually made known; to gradually make something known to other people The audience watched as the story unfolded before their eyes. Dramatic events were about to unfold. unfold something (to somebody) She unfolded her tale to us.
NAmE//ʌnˈfoʊld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they unfold
he / she / it unfolds
past simple unfolded
-ing form unfolding