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unravelverb

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)







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unravelverb

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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