unravel

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unravel (third-person singular simple present unravels, present participle unraveling or unravelling, simple past and past participle unraveled or unravelled)

  1. to separate the threads (of); disentangle
    Stop playing with the seam of the tablecloth! You will unravel it.
    Mother couldn't unravel the ball of wool after the cat had played with it.
  2. (intransitive) to become undone
  3. (figuratively) To clear from complication or difficulty; to unfold; to solve.
    to unravel a plot
  4. (figuratively) To separate the connected or united parts of; to throw into disorder; to confuse.
    • Dryden
      Art shall be conjured for it, and nature all unravelled.

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unraveling and unraveled are primarily US while unravelling and unravelled are primarily UK.

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