Synonyms of 'unravel'
When she returned to America, the marriage unravelled.
to explain or solveHe wanted to unravel the mystery of his colleague's disappearance.
Their domestic reforms did nothing to solve unemployment.
He explained the process to us in simple terms.
We must find a way to resolve these problems.
interpret, , , ,
The pictures are often difficult to interpret.
suss (out) (slang),
get to the bottom of,
to separate something knitted or woven into individual strandsHe could unravel knots that others could not even attempt.
I managed to undo a corner of the parcel.
Police moved in to separate the two groups.
The rope could not be disentangled and had to be cut.
It took firefighters two hours to free us.
One of them unwound a length of rope from around his waist.
Emergency workers tried to extricate the survivors from the wreckage.
trying to untangle several reels of film
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in the sense of collapse
to fail completelyHis business empire collapsed under a massive burden of debt.
in the sense of disentangle
to release from entanglement or confusionThe rope could not be disentangled and had to be cut.
in the sense of explain
to make something easily understandable, esp. by giving a clear and detailed account of itHe explained the process to us in simple terms.
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