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unravel (v.)

c. 1600 (transitive), from un- (2) + ravel (v.). Intransitive from 1640s. "The prefix is either reversive or intensive, according as ravel is taken to mean 'tangle' or 'untangle'" [Century Dictionary]. Related: Unravelled; unravelling; unravellment.

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Definitions of unravel

unravel (v.)
become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of;
unravel the thread
Synonyms: unknot / unscramble / untangle / unpick
unravel (v.)
disentangle;
can you unravel the mystery?
Synonyms: ravel / ravel out
unravel (v.)
become undone;
the sweater unraveled
Synonyms: run
From wordnet.princeton.edu