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Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Verb unravel has 3 senses


unravelv. t. [1st pref. un- (intensive) + ravel.].
  •  To disentangle; to disengage or separate the threads of; as, to unravel a stocking.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, to clear from complication or difficulty; to unfold; to solve; as, to unravel a plot.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To separate the connected or united parts of; to throw into disorder; to confuse.  Dryden.  [1913 Webster]
unravelv. i. 
     To become unraveled, in any sense.  [1913 Webster]


unravel, v. (unravelled, unravelling; US unraveled, unraveling)
1 tr. cause to be no longer ravelled, tangled, or intertwined.
2 tr. probe and solve (a mystery etc.).
3 tr. undo (a fabric, esp. a knitted one).
4 intr. become disentangled or unknitted.



account for, allegorize, answer, avulse, bottom, break, break loose, break out, carry away, clarify, clear, clear up, come apart, come off, come undone, come unstuck, crack, crack up, cut loose, cut out, debug, decipher, decode, demonstrate, demythologize, deracinate, dig out, dig up, disembarrass, disembroil, disengage, disentangle, disintegrate, disintricate, disinvolve, dislodge, dissolve, divine, do, dope, dope out, draw, draw out, dredge, dredge up, elucidate, enlighten, eradicate, euhemerize, evolve, evulse, excavate, excise, exemplify, explain, explain away, explicate, exposit, expound, exsect, extract, extricate, fall off, fall to pieces, fathom, figure out, find out, find the answer, find the solution, fly apart, free, get, get loose, get out, get right, give reason for, give the meaning, give way, go to pieces, gouge out, grub up, guess, guess right, have it, hit it, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, make clear, make out, make plain, mine, open the lock, peel off, pick out, pluck out, pluck up, plumb, popularize, psych, psych out, pull, pull out, pull up, puzzle out, quarry, rake out, rationalize, ravel, ravel out, release, remove, resolve, riddle, rip out, root out, root up, shed light upon, show, show how, show the way, simplify, solve, sort out, spell out, spring apart, start, take out, tear loose, tear out, throw light upon, unbraid, unclutter, uncoil, undo, unearth, unfold, unknot, unlock, unmix, unriddle, unscramble, unsnarl, untangle, unthread, untwine, untwist, unweave, unwind, uproot, weed out, withdraw, work, work out, wrest out




VB be disjoined, come off, fall off, come to pieces, fall to pieces, peel off, get loose, disjoin, disconnect, disengage, disunite, dissociate, dispair, divorce, part, dispart, detach, separate, cut off, rescind, segregate, set apart, keep apart, insulate, isolate, throw out of gear, cut adrift, loose, unloose, undo, unbind, unchain, unlock, unpack, unravel, disentangle, set free, sunder, divide, subdivide, sever, dissever, abscind, circumcise, cut, incide, incise, saw, snip, nib, nip, cleave, rive, rend, slit, split, splinter, chip, crack, snap, break, tear, burst, rend, rend asunder, rend in twain, wrench, rupture, shatter, shiver, cranch, crunch, craunch, chop, cut up, rip up, hack, hew, slash, whittle, haggle, hackle, discind, lacerate, scamble, mangle, gash, hash, slice, cut up, carve, dissect, anatomize, dislimb, take to pieces, pull to pieces, pick to pieces, tear to pieces, tear to tatters, tear piecemeal, tear limb from limb, divellicate, skin, disintegrate, dismember, disbranch, disband, disperse, dislocate, disjoint, break up, mince, comminute, apportion, part, part company, separate, leave.


VB decompose, decompound, analyze, disembody, dissolve, resolve into its elements, separate into its elements, electrolyze, dissect, decentralize, break up, disperse, unravel, crumble into dust.


VB reduce to order, bring into order, introduce order into, rally, arrange, dispose, place, form, put in order, set in order, place in order, set out, collocate, pack, marshal, range, size, rank, group, parcel out, allot, distribute, deal, cast the parts, assign the parts, dispose of, assign places to, assort, sort, sift, riddle, put to rights, set to rights, put into shape, put in trim, put in array, apportion, class, classify, divide, file, string together, thread, register, catalogue, tabulate, index, graduate, digest, grade, methodize, regulate, systematize, coordinate, organize, settle, fix, unravel, disentangle, ravel, card, disembroil, feaze.


VB be easy, go on smoothly, run smoothly, have full play, go on all fours, run on all fours, obey the helm, work well, flow with the stream, swim with the stream, drift with the stream, go with the stream, flow with the tide, drift with the tide, see one's way, have all one's own way, have the game in one's own hands, walk over the course, win at a canter, make light of, make nothing of, make no bones of, be at home in, make it look easy, do it with one's eyes closed, do it in one's sleep, render easy, facilitate, smooth, ease, popularize, lighten, lighten the labor, free, clear, disencumber, disembarrass, disentangle, disengage, deobstruct, unclog, extricate, unravel, untie the knot, cut the knot, disburden, unload, exonerate, emancipate, free from, deoppilate, humor, lubricate, relieve, leave a hole to creep out of, leave a loophole, leave the matter open, give the reins to, give full play, give full swing, make way for, open the door to, open the way, prepare the ground, smooth the ground, clear the ground, open the way, open the path, open the road, pave the way, bridge over, permit.


VB be straight, have no turning, not incline to either side, not bend to either side, not turn to either side, not deviate to either side, go straight, steer for, render straight, straighten, rectify, set straight, put straight, unbend, unfold, uncurl &c, unravel, unwrap.


VB evolve, unfold, unroll, unwind, uncoil, untwist, unfurl, untwine, unravel, untangle, disentangle, develop.


VB discover, find, determine, evolve, learn, fix upon, pick up, find out, trace out, make out, hunt out, fish out, worm out, ferret out, root out, fathom, bring out, draw out, educe, elicit, bring to light, dig out, grub up, fish up, unearth, disinter, solve, resolve, elucidate, unriddle, unravel, unlock, crack, crack open, pick up, open the lock, find a clue, find clew a to, find the key to the riddle, interpret, disclose, trace, get at, hit it, have it, lay one's finger, lay one's hands upon, spot, get at the truth, arrive at the truth, put the saddle on the right horse, hit the right nail on the head, be near the truth, be warm, get warmer, burn, smoke, scent, sniff, catch a whiff of, smell a rat, open the eyes to, see through, see daylight, see in its true colors, see the cloven foot, detect, catch, catch tripping, pitch upon, fall upon, light upon, hit upon, stumble upon, pop upon, come across, come onto, meet with, meet up with, fall in with, recognize, realize, verify, make certain of, identify, Int, eureka!, aha!, I've got it!.


VB interpret, explain, define, construe, translate, render, do into, turn into, transfuse the sense of, find out, 1 the meaning of, read, spell out, make out, decipher, unravel, disentangle, find the key of, enucleate, resolve, solve, read between the lines, account for, find the cause, tell the cause of, throw light upon, shed light upon, shed new light upon, shed fresh light upon, clear up, clarify, elucidate, illustrate, exemplify, unfold, expound, comment upon, annotate, popularize, take in a particular sense, understand in a particular sense, receive in a particular sense, accept in a particular sense, understand by, put a construction on, be given to understand.

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