One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he cut the rope and started to unravel its strands’
untangle, disentangle, straighten out, separate out, unsnarl, unknot, unwind, untwist, undo, untie, unkink, unjumble
2‘detectives are still trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of a wealthy farmer’
solve, resolve, work out, clear up, puzzle out, find an answer to, get to the bottom of, explain, elucidate, fathom, decipher, decode, crack, penetrate, untangle, unfold, settle, reveal, clarify, sort out, make head or tail of
informal figure out, suss, suss out
3‘a society that does not shelter its young is a society starting to unravel’
fall apart, come apart, come apart at the seams, fail, collapse, go wrong
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