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unravel

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verb un·rav·el \ˌən-ˈra-vəl\

Simple Definition of unravel

  • : to cause the separate threads of something to come apart

  • : to find the correct explanation for (something that is difficult to understand)

  • : to fail or begin to fail

Full Definition of unravel

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to resolve the intricacy, complexity, or obscurity of :  clear up <unravel a mystery>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become unraveled

Examples of unravel

  1. Scientists are still unraveling the secrets of DNA.

  2. Their plans unraveled when she lost her job.

  3. His frequent absences from home caused his marriage to unravel.

  4. I feel like my life is unraveling.



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First Known Use of unravel

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