English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'unfold'

(verb) 
Definition
to develop or be developed
The outcome depends on conditions as well as how events unfold.
Synonyms
develop
Children develop at different rates.
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happen
We cannot say for sure what will happen.
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progress
He came round to see how our work was progressing.
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grow
The station had roses growing at each end of the platform.
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emerge
Several interesting facts emerged from his story.
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occur
The deaths occurred when troops tried to disperse the demonstrators.
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take place
Similar demonstrations also took place elsewhere.
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expand
We can expand the size of the image.
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work out
Things didn't work out as planned.
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mature
Their songwriting has matured.
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evolve
He evolved a working method from which he has never departed.
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blossom
Why do some people take longer than others to blossom?
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transpire (informal)
Nothing is known about what transpired at the meeting.
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bear fruit
(verb) 
Definition
to reveal or be revealed
Mr Wills unfolds his story with evident enjoyment.
Synonyms
reveal
She has refused to reveal her daughter's whereabouts.
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tell
The facts tell a very different story.
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show
She had enough time to show her gratitude.
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describe
We asked her to describe what she had seen.
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explain
He explained the process to us in simple terms.
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illustrate
She illustrates her analysis with extracts from interviews and discussions.
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disclose
Neither side would disclose details of the transaction.
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uncover
Auditors said they had uncovered evidence of fraud.
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divulge
He was charged with divulging state secrets.
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narrate
The film is a story about power, narrated by an old sailor.
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make known
(verb) 
Definition
to open or spread out from a folded state
He quickly unfolded the blankets and spread them on the mattress.
Synonyms
open
When you open the map, you will find it is divided into squares.
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spread out
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undo
I managed to undo a corner of the parcel.
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expand
The flowers fully expand at night.
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stretch out
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unfurl
two weeks later when the leaves unfurl
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unwrap
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unroll

Additional synonyms

in the sense of blossom
Why do some people take longer than others to blossom?
in the sense of describe
Definition
to give an account of (something or someone) in words
We asked her to describe what she had seen.
Synonyms
set out,
set forth,
give an account of,
put in words
in the sense of disclose
Definition
to make (information) known
Neither side would disclose details of the transaction.
Synonyms
make known,
make public,
out (informal),
let slip,
spill the beans about (informal),
cough (slang),
blow wide open (slang),
get off your chest (informal),
spill your guts about (slang)

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