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verb     unravel pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleunraveling or unravelling
past tenseunraveled or unravelled
past participleunraveled or unravelled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a piece of clothing unravels, or if you unravel it, its fibers become separated from each other
  2. 2
    [transitive] to understand something complicated by thinking about it for a long time

    Police are trying to unravel the mystery of their sudden disappearance.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a process or project unravels, it begins to fail

    There were worries that the peace process was beginning to unravel.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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