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un·rav·el

 (ŭn-răv′əl)
v. un·rav·eled, un·rav·el·ing, un·rav·els or un·rav·elled or un·rav·el·ling
v.tr.
1.
a. To undo or ravel the entangled, knitted, or woven threads of: unraveled the sweater.
b. To undo or separate (entangled, knitted, or woven threads).
2. To clarify the elements of (something mysterious or baffling); solve: The detective unraveled the mystery.
3. To cause to fail or become ruined or unfulfilled: Their plans to open a restaurant became unraveled.
v.intr.
1. To become unraveled: The seam unraveled.
2. To fail or become ruined or unfulfilled: His life unraveled after the stock market crash.

unravel

(ʌnˈrævəl)
vb, -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
1. (Knitting & Sewing) (tr) to reduce (something knitted or woven) to separate strands
2. (tr) to undo or untangle (something tangled or knotted)
3. (tr) to explain or solve: the mystery was unravelled.
4. (intr) to become unravelled
unˈraveller n
unˈravelment n

un•rav•el

(ʌnˈræv əl)

v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. v.t.
1. to separate or disentangle the threads of (a fabric, rope, etc.).
2. to free from complications; make plain or clear; solve: to unravel a mystery.
3. to take apart; undo; destroy (a plan, agreement, or arrangement).
v.i.
4. to become unraveled.
[1595–1605]

unravel


Past participle: unravelled
Gerund: unravelling

Imperative
unravel
unravel
Present
I unravel
you unravel
he/she/it unravels
we unravel
you unravel
they unravel
Preterite
I unravelled
you unravelled
he/she/it unravelled
we unravelled
you unravelled
they unravelled
Present Continuous
I am unravelling
you are unravelling
he/she/it is unravelling
we are unravelling
you are unravelling
they are unravelling
Present Perfect
I have unravelled
you have unravelled
he/she/it has unravelled
we have unravelled
you have unravelled
they have unravelled
Past Continuous
I was unravelling
you were unravelling
he/she/it was unravelling
we were unravelling
you were unravelling
they were unravelling
Past Perfect
I had unravelled
you had unravelled
he/she/it had unravelled
we had unravelled
you had unravelled
they had unravelled
Future
I will unravel
you will unravel
he/she/it will unravel
we will unravel
you will unravel
they will unravel
Future Perfect
I will have unravelled
you will have unravelled
he/she/it will have unravelled
we will have unravelled
you will have unravelled
they will have unravelled
Future Continuous
I will be unravelling
you will be unravelling
he/she/it will be unravelling
we will be unravelling
you will be unravelling
they will be unravelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been unravelling
you have been unravelling
he/she/it has been unravelling
we have been unravelling
you have been unravelling
they have been unravelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been unravelling
you will have been unravelling
he/she/it will have been unravelling
we will have been unravelling
you will have been unravelling
they will have been unravelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been unravelling
you had been unravelling
he/she/it had been unravelling
we had been unravelling
you had been unravelling
they had been unravelling
Conditional
I would unravel
you would unravel
he/she/it would unravel
we would unravel
you would unravel
they would unravel
Past Conditional
I would have unravelled
you would have unravelled
he/she/it would have unravelled
we would have unravelled
you would have unravelled
they would have unravelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.unravel - become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads ofunravel - become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of; "unravel the thread"
undo - cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect; "I wish I could undo my actions"
ravel, tangle, knot - tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
2.unravel - disentangleunravel - disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?"
unsnarl, disentangle, straighten out - extricate from entanglement; "Can you disentangle the cord?"
ravel, tangle, knot - tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story"
3.unravel - become undoneunravel - become undone; "the sweater unraveled"
ladder, run - come unraveled or undone as if by snagging; "Her nylons were running"
disintegrate - break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity; "The material disintegrated"; "the group disintegrated after the leader died"

unravel

verb
1. break up, fail, collapse, go wrong, fall apart, come apart (at the seams) When she returned to America, the marriage unravelled.
2. solve, explain, work out, resolve, interpret, figure out (informal), make out, clear up, suss (out) (slang), get to the bottom of, get straight, puzzle out She wanted to unravel the mystery of her husband's disappearance.
3. undo, separate, disentangle, free, unwind, extricate, straighten out, untangle, unknot He could unravel knots that others could not even attempt.

unravel

verb
To find a solution for:
Informal: dope out, figure out.
Translations
مَنْسول الخُيوطيَحُليَفُك الخَيْط
rozluštitrozmotatrozpárat se
løseoptrevletrevle opudrede
felfeslikkibogoz
greiîa úrleysa, ráîa fram úrrakna upp; rekja upp
išsiardyti
atminētatrisinātatšķetinātizārdītizārdīties
rozpárať sa

unravel

[ʌnˈrævəl]
B. VIdesenredarse, desenmarañarse

unravel

[ʌnˈrævəl]
vt
[+ knot, threads, string] → démêler; [+ knitting] → défaire
[+ mystery, intrigue] → dénouer
vi
[knitting] → se défaire; [carpet, fabric] → s'effilocher
(= fall apart) [relationship] → se dégrader; [marriage] → se défaire; [system] → se disloquer; [plan] → péricliter
(= become clearer) [mystery, story] → se dénouer

unravel

vt knittingaufziehen; (lit, fig: = untangle) → entwirren; mysterylösen
vi (knitting)sich aufziehen; (fig)sich entwirren, sich auflösen; (mystery)sich lösen; (plan, system)aufdecken

unravel

[ʌnˈrævl]
1. vt (knitting) → disfare; (wool) → dipanare, districare; (threads) → sfilare, sbrogliare (fig) (mystery) → risolvere; (plot) → venire a capo di
2. vi (knitting) → disfarsi; (threads) → sbrogliarsi

unravel

(anˈrӕvəl) past tense unˈravelled (American) unˈraveled verb
1. to take (eg string, thread etc) out of its tangled condition; to disentangle. She could not unravel the tangled thread.
2. (especially of a knitted fabric) to undo or become undone. My knitting (got) unravelled when it fell off the needles.
3. to solve (a problem, mystery etc). Is there no-one who can unravel this mystery?
References in classic literature ?
All my old doubts and apprehensions on that subject, all the Doctor's happiness and peace, all the mingled possibilities of innocence and compromise, that I could not unravel, I saw, in a moment, at the mercy of this fellow's twisting.
When the swallows heard this, they all came down on to the Doctor's ship; and they told him to unravel some pieces of long rope and make them into a lot of thin strings as quickly as he could.
He was so handy, so resourceful, that he invariably found a way to unravel the mechanical tangles that perplexed the first telephone agents, and this, too, without compelling them to spend large sums of capital.
The matter is of a nature so complex and crooked that probably a hundred years would be insufficient to unravel it; and, though it has now to a certain extent been cleared up, the merchant still holds the key to the situation.
Yes, we did some fine things in our time and we gave that poor cardinal a few threads to unravel.
Small wonder the Padre does not know how to unravel the thread.
Peray, but unravel an argument over Clos de Vougeot, and upset a theory in a torrent of Chambertin.
It may be of some interest, or it may be trivial, in such a tangled skein as we are trying to unravel.
Once only had I known him to fail, in the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the Sign of Four, and the extraordinary circumstances connected with the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle indeed which he could not unravel.
Since she could not unravel the tangle, she must take care not to re-enter it.
He could have gone with us at that time of the year very well, but he was in the full novelty of his new position and was making most energetic attempts to unravel the mysteries of the fatal suit.
The hero is misconceived and misreported; he cannot therefore wait to unravel any man's blunders; he is again on his road, adding new powers and honors to his domain and new claims on your heart, which will bankrupt you if you have loitered about the old things and have not kept your relation to him by adding to your wealth.