Definition of ravel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ravel

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈrævl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ravel
BrE BrE//ˈrævl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævl//
 
he / she / it ravels
BrE BrE//ˈrævlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævlz//
 
past simple ravelled
BrE BrE//ˈrævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævld//
 
past participle ravelled
BrE BrE//ˈrævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævld//
 
(US English) past simple raveled
BrE BrE//ˈrævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævld//
 
(US English) past participle raveled
BrE BrE//ˈrævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævld//
 
-ing form ravelling
BrE BrE//ˈrævlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævlɪŋ//
 
(US English) -ing form raveling
BrE BrE//ˈrævlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrævlɪŋ//
 
 
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ravel something to make a situation or problem more complicated Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘entangle, confuse’): probably from Dutch ravelen ‘fray out, tangle’. Phrasal Verbsravel somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ravel

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