Definition of unravel in English:


Line breaks: un|ravel
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈrav(ə)l

verb (unravels, unravelling, unravelled; US unravels, unraveling, unraveled)

[with object]
  • 1Undo (twisted, knitted, or woven threads).
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    • There are some threads that once pulled unraveled the whole sweater.
    • When he did his first press day in Holland he had 26 interviews one after the other and afterwards he lay on his bed feeling that someone had pulled on a loose thread in his soul and continued to pull until it unravelled the whole sweater.
    • Looks like unravelled balaclava helmets cut up into one-foot lengths.
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of knitted or woven threads) become undone: part of the crew neck had unravelled figurative his painstaking diplomacy of the last eight months could quickly unravel
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    • That it surely has, although if attention wanders even for an instant, the thread quickly unravels.
    • There against the purple horizon above the flat-topped dome rises the gray trickle of steam, barely visible, a thin ribbon unraveling into the night.
    • That last thread unraveled from the grand tapestry of the Enlightenment…
    fall apart, come apart (at the seams), fail, collapse, go wrong

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