Meaning of “unravel” in the English Dictionary

"unravel" in British English

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uk /ʌnˈræv.əl/ us /ʌnˈræv.əl/ -ll- or US usually -l-

unravel verb (SUBJECT)

[ I or T ] If you unravel a mysterious, unknown, or complicated subject, you make it known or understood, and if it unravels, it becomes known or understood:

We have a long way to go before we unravel the secrets of genetics.

(Definition of “unravel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ʌnˈræv·əl/ -l-, -ll-

unravel verb (SEPARATE)

[ I/T ] (of woven cloth) to separate into threads, or to separate the fibers of a thread, rope, or cloth:

[ I ] My sweater is unraveling.
[ I ] fig. The movie unraveled at the end (= was not complete and satisfying).

unravel verb (SOLVE)

[ T ] to solve a crime or explain a mystery:

You will discover what the title means as you unravel the movie's mysteries.

(Definition of “unravel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)