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English definition of “unravel”

unravel

verb [I or T] (CLOTH)    /ʌnˈræv.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
If a piece of knitted or woven cloth, a knot, or a mass of thread unravels, it separates into a single thread, and if you unravel it, you separate it into a single thread: You'd better mend that hole before the whole sweater starts to unravel. I had to unravel one of the sleeves because I realized I'd knitted it too small.Knitting and sewingSeparating and dividing
(Definition of unravel verb (CLOTH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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