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English definition of “ravel”

ravel

verb uk   /ˈræv.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) formal us  

ravel verb (SEPARATE)

[T] ( also ravel sth out) to separate a knot, mass of threads, etc. into a single thread or threads: It took Daisy a long time to ravel out all the wool.

ravel verb (CONFUSE)

[I or T] ( also ravel sth up) to become or to make someone or something become more confused: Mark's interference merely ravelled the situation further.
(Definition of ravel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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