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verb unravel pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈræv(ə)l/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleunravelling
past tenseunravelled
past participleunravelled
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to understand something complicated by thinking about it for a long time
    Police are trying to unravel the mystery of their sudden disappearance.
  2. 2
    [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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