unravel


unravel

verb (used with object), un·rav·eled, un·rav·el·ing or (especially British) un·rav·elled, un·rav·el·ling.

  1. to separate or disentangle the threads of (a woven or knitted fabric, a rope, etc.).
  2. to free from complication or difficulty; make plain or clear; solve: to unravel a situation; to unravel a mystery.
  3. Informal. to take apart; undo; destroy (a plan, agreement, or arrangement).

verb (used without object), un·rav·eled, un·rav·el·ing or (especially British) un·rav·elled, un·rav·el·ling.

  1. to become unraveled.

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

  1. (tr) to reduce (something knitted or woven) to separate strands
  2. (tr) to undo or untangle (something tangled or knotted)
  3. (tr) to explain or solvethe mystery was unravelled
  4. (intr) to become unravelled

v.c.1600, from un- (2) + ravel (v.).

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