Unravel

  • 1 Unravel — Un*rav el, v. t. [1st pref. un (intensive) + ravel.] [1913 Webster] 1. To disentangle; to disengage or separate the threads of; as, to unravel a stocking. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to clear from complication or difficulty; to unfold; to solve; as …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Unravel — Un*rav el, v. i. To become unraveled, in any sense. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 unravel — index ascertain, clarify, construe (translate), detect, discover, disengage, disentangle, elucidate …

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  • 4 unravel — (v.) c.1600, from UN (Cf. un ) (2) + RAVEL (Cf. ravel) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 unravel — *solve, resolve, unfold, decipher Analogous words: disentangle, untangle, *extricate: elucidate, explicate, interpret, *explain, expound …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 unravel — has inflected forms unravelled, unravelling in BrE and usually unraveled, unraveling in AmE. In current English it is likely to have a figurative meaning, either (1) ‘to solve (a mystery or puzzle)’ or (2) in intransitive use, ‘to fail or… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 unravel — ► VERB (unravelled, unravelling; US unraveled, unraveling) 1) undo (twisted, knitted, or woven threads); unwind. 2) become undone. 3) investigate and solve (a mystery or puzzle). 4) begin to fail or collapse …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 unravel — [un rav′əl] vt. unraveled or unravelled, unraveling or unravelling 1. to undo (something woven or tangled); untangle or separate the threads of 2. to make clear of confusion or involvement; solve vi. to become unraveled unravelment n …

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  • 9 Unravel — Infobox Song Name = Unravel Type = Song Artist = Björk alt Artist = Album = Homogenic Published = Released = track no = 3 Recorded = Genre = Ambient, Electronic, Alternative Length = 3:21 Writer = Björk Composer = Björk Label = Producer = Tracks …

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  • 10 unravel — [[t]ʌnræ̱v(ə)l[/t]] unravels, unravelling, unravelled (in AM, use unraveling, unraveled) 1) VERB If something such as a plan or system unravels, it breaks up or begins to fail. His government began to unravel because of a banking scandal... When… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 unravel — UK [ʌnˈræv(ə)l] / US verb Word forms unravel : present tense I/you/we/they unravel he/she/it unravels present participle unravelling past tense unravelled past participle unravelled 1) [transitive] to understand something complicated by thinking… …

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  • 12 unravel — un|rav|el [ʌnˈrævəl] v past tense and past participle unravelled present participle unravelling BrE past tense and past participle unraveled present participle unraveling AmE 1.) [T] to understand or explain something that is mysterious or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 unravel — un|rav|el [ ʌn rævl ] (present participle un|rav|el|ing or un|rav|el|ling; past tense and past participle un|rav|eled or un|rav|elled) verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive if a piece of clothing unravels, or if you unravel it, its fibers become… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 unravel — verb unravelled, unravelling BrE, unraveled, unraveling AmE 1 (I, T) if you unravel threads or if they unravel, they become separated 2 (T) to understand or explain something that is very complicated: It is difficult to unravel complex human… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 unravel — unraveler; esp. Brit., unraveller, n. unravelment, n. /un rav euhl/, v., unraveled, unraveling or (esp. Brit.) unravelled, unravelling. v.t. 1. to separate or disentangle the threads of (a woven or knitted fabric, a rope, etc.). 2. to free from… …

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  • 16 unravel — verb Unravel is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑mystery, ↑thread Unravel is used with these nouns as the object: ↑intricacy, ↑mystery, ↑strand, ↑tangle …

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  • 17 unravel — verb 1) he unraveled the strands Syn: untangle, disentangle, separate out, unwind, untwist, unsnarl, unthread Ant: entangle 2) detectives are trying to unravel the mystery Syn …

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  • 18 unravel — Date: 1603 transitive verb 1. a. to disengage or separate the threads of ; disentangle b. to cause to come apart by or as if by separating the threads of 2. to resolve the intricacy, complexity, or obscurity of ; clear up < unravel a mystery >… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 unravel — verb to separate the threads (of) Stop playing with the seam of the table cloth! You will unravel it. Syn: unriddle, solve, unsnarl, disentangle …

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  • 20 unravel — verb 1) he unravelled the strands Syn: untangle, disentangle, separate out, unwind, untwist 2) detectives are trying to unravel the mystery Syn: solve, resolve, clear up, puzzle out, get to the bottom of …

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