unravel

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verb un·rav·el \ˌən-ˈra-vəl\

Definition of unravel

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to disengage or separate the threads of :  disentangleb :  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 in a Sentence

  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

1603


UNRAVEL Defined for English Language Learners

unravel

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verb

Definition of unravel for English Language Learners

  • : 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


UNRAVEL Defined for Kids

unravel

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verb un·rav·el \ˌən-ˈra-vəl\

Definition of unravel for Students

unraveled

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unravelled

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unraveling

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unravelling

  1. 1 :  to separate the threads of :  untangle

  2. 2 :  solve She unraveled the mystery.



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