Definition of “unravel” - English Dictionary

“unravel” in British English

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

unravel verb (CLOTH)

[ I or T ] 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.

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

“unravel” in American English

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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)