- 1[transitive, intransitive] unravel (something) if you unravel threads that are twisted, woven, or knit, or if they unravel, they become separated I unraveled the string and wound it into a ball.
- 2[intransitive] (of a system, plan, relationship, etc.) to start to fail or no longer stay together as a whole
- 3[transitive, intransitive] unravel (something) to explain something that is difficult to understand or is mysterious; to become clearer or easier to understand The discovery will help scientists unravel the mystery of the Ice Age.
NAmE//ʌnˈrævl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they unravel
he / she / it unravels
past simple unraveled ()unravelled
-ing form unraveling ()unravelling