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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 ?
Then have faith and take thought with yourself and forget not that you took hold of the right end when you drew that circle in your brain within which to unravel this mysterious play of circumstance.
Under these circumstances, I eagerly hailed the little mystery which hung around my companion, and spent much of my time in endeavouring to unravel it.
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.
That was evident, but perhaps that would not have been the case in a supposedly rigidly parabolical trajectory-- a new problem which tormented Barbicane's brain, imprisoned as he was in a circle of unknowns which he could not unravel.
Who am I that I should seek to unravel the mysterious intricacies of sex?
It may be of some interest, or it may be trivial, in such a tangled skein as we are trying to unravel.
Their pronunciation was quick, and the words they uttered, not having any apparent connection with visible objects, I was unable to discover any clue by which I could unravel the mystery of their reference.
The puzzle which confronted me I could not unravel.
He took a stool at her feet, and set himself to unravel one of the tangled skeins.
Cecil Forrester, to unravel a little domestic complication.