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 for unfold
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Unfold \Un*fold"\, v. t. [AS. unfealdan. See 1st Un-, and
     Fold, v. t.]
     1. To open the folds of; to expand; to spread out; as, to
        unfold a tablecloth.
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              Unfold thy forehead gathered into frowns. --Herbert.
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     2. To open, as anything covered or close; to lay open to view
        or contemplation; to bring out in all the details, or by
        successive development; to display; to disclose; to
        reveal; to elucidate; to explain; as, to unfold one's
        designs; to unfold the principles of a science.
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              Unfold the passion of my love.        --Shak.
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     3. To release from a fold or pen; as, to unfold sheep.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Unfold \Un*fold"\, v. i.
     To open; to expand; to become disclosed or developed.
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           The wind blows cold
           While the morning doth unfold.           --J. Fletcher.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: develop or come to a promising stage; "Youth blossomed into
           maturity" [syn: blossom, blossom out, blossom forth,
      2: open to the view; "A walk through town will unfold many
         interesting buildings"
      3: extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length;
         "Unfold the newspaper"; "stretch out that piece of cloth";
         "extend the TV antenna" [syn: unfold, stretch, stretch
         out, extend]
      4: spread out or open from a closed or folded state; "open the
         map"; "spread your arms" [syn: unfold, spread, spread
         out, open] [ant: fold, fold up, turn up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  196 Moby Thesaurus words for "unfold":
     account for, affect, allegorize, amplify, attend, bare,
     be revealed, become of, betoken, branch, branch out, brandish,
     break the seal, breathe, bring forth, bring forward,
     bring into view, bring out, bring to light, bring to notice,
     clarify, clear, clear up, come about, come of, come out, crack,
     dangle, decipher, demonstrate, demythologize, deobstruct, deploy,
     descant, detail, develop, dilate, disclose, discover, dismask,
     disperse, display, dissolve, divulge, dope out, dramatize,
     draw the veil, elaborate, elucidate, embody, enact, end, enlarge,
     enlarge upon, enlighten, ensue, euhemerize, eventuate, evidence,
     evince, evolve, exemplify, exhibit, expand, expatiate, explain,
     explain away, explicate, expose, expose to view, exposit, expound,
     express, extend, fall out, fan, fan out, fare, figure out, flare,
     flaunt, flourish, follow, free, give reason for, give sign,
     give the meaning, give token, happen, highlight, illuminate,
     illustrate, impart, incarnate, indicate, issue, lay bare, lay open,
     let daylight in, let out, make clear, make plain, manifest,
     materialize, mean, occur, open, open up, outspread, outstretch,
     overgrow, overrun, pan out, parade, particularize, patefy, perform,
     popularize, present, produce, prove, prove to be, puzzle out,
     raise the curtain, ramify, rationalize, rehearse in extenso,
     relate at large, represent, resolve, result, reveal, roll out,
     set forth, shed light upon, show, show forth, show how,
     show the way, show up, simplify, solve, spell out, splay,
     spotlight, spraddle, sprangle, sprawl, spread,
     spread like wildfire, spread out, straighten out, stretch out,
     strip bare, take place, terminate, throw light upon, token,
     trot out, turn out, unblock, uncase, unclench, uncloak, unclog,
     unclutch, uncoil, uncork, uncover, uncurtain, undo, undrape,
     unfoul, unfurl, unkennel, unlatch, unlock, unmask, unpack, unplug,
     unravel, unreel, unriddle, unroll, unscreen, unseal, unsheathe,
     unshroud, unshut, unstop, unveil, unwind, unwrap, wave, widen,
     work out

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      (Or "unfold") To replace a function call with
     an instance of the function's body.  Actual argument
     expressions are substituted for formal parameters as in
     beta reduction.  Inlining is usually done as a
     compile-time transformation.
     If done recklessly (e.g. attempting to inline a recursive
     function) the compiler will fail to terminate.  If done
     over-enthusiastically the code size may increase
     exponentially, e.g. if function f calls g twice, and g calls h
     twice and h is inlined in g which is inlined in f (in either
     order) then there will be four copies of h's body in f.
     See also linear argument, unfold/fold.

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