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ravel (verb) 1 Disentangle 2 tangle and complicate.
When you ravel something you make it tangled and complicated. You ravel threads When they get tangled because you have pulled them lose and matted them up together. You ravel a situation if you complicate it.
Raveling also means disentangling a tangled mass of threads, web, etc. When you make a situation clearly understood, you ravel it, that is, you unravel it.
- He pulled just a single lose thread, and the whole mass of thread was raveled. There was no knowing where the thread began and where it ended.
- As things began to ravel, misunderstandings between the wife and the husband grew. Either began to understand wrongly each action of the other, and that raveled things.