- 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).
- to become unraveled.
Origin of unravel
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Examples from the Web for unravelled
Men like the problem that they fancy they have unravelled by their own acuteness.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
The Government has unravelled a good deal of the conspiracy.
It is a cipher that cannot be unravelled without the key number.The Grell Mystery
“This mystery is unravelled,” thought I, and I was right in my conjectures.Japhet in Search of a Father
I stepped off him, unravelled the lead and dragged him to the Parcels Office.Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
- (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
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Word Origin and History for unravelled
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