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unravel

[ uhn-rav-uhl ]
/ 蕦n藞r忙v 蓹l /
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verb (used with object), un路rav路eled, un路rav路el路ing or (especially British) un路rav路elled, un路rav路el路ling.
to separate or disentangle the threads of (a woven or knitted fabric, a rope, etc.).
to free from complication or difficulty; make plain or clear; solve: to unravel a situation; to unravel a mystery.
Informal. to take apart; undo; destroy (a plan, agreement, or arrangement).
verb (used without object), un路rav路eled, un路rav路el路ing or (especially British) un路rav路elled, un路rav路el路ling.
to become unraveled.
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Origin of unravel

First recorded in 1595鈥1605; un-2 + ravel

OTHER WORDS FROM unravel

un路rav路el路er; especially British, un路rav路el路ler, nounun路rav路el路ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unravel

unravel
/ (蕦n藞r忙vl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
(tr) to reduce (something knitted or woven) to separate strands
(tr) to undo or untangle (something tangled or knotted)
(tr) to explain or solvethe mystery was unravelled
(intr) to become unravelled

Derived forms of unravel

unraveller, noununravelment, noun
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