unravel

unravel(
uhn
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vuhl
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to disentangle)
a. desenredar
Can you help unravel this knot so I can tie Bobby's shoelaces?¿Me puedes ayudar a desenredar este nudo para que pueda amarrarle los cordones a Bobby?
Casey unconsciously unraveled the hem of her sweater as she fidgeted with it during class.Casey desenredó inconscientemente la bastilla de su suéter mientras jugueteaba con ella durante la clase.
b. desenmarañar
Karl carefully unraveled the wires of his earphones that had become tangled in his pocket.Karl desenmarañó con cuidado los cables de los auriculares que se habían enredado en su bolsillo.
2. (to undo)
a. deshacer
Miriam wasn't pleased with the pattern, so she unraveled her knitting and began again.Míriam no estaba contenta con el diseño, así que deshizo su labor de punto y empezó de nuevo.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to clear up)
a. desentrañar
A routine traffic stop led the police to unravel a 15-year-old mystery.Una parada rutinaria de tráfico llevó a la policía a desentrañar un misterio de hace 15 años.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to become disentangled)
a. desatarse
I tripped when my shoelaces became unraveled.Me tropecé cuando se me desataron los cordones de mis tenis.
b. deshacerse
The cat knocked my ball of wool off the table and it unraveled.El gato tiró el ovillo de lana que estaba en la mesa y se deshizo.
5. (to become undone)
a. deshacerse
I'm crushed. My favorite sweater unraveled in the washing machine.Estoy destrozado, mi suéter favorito se deshizo en la lavadora.
6.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to be ruined)
a. desbaratarse
The criminals' plan unraveled when one of them had a change of heart.El plan de los delincuentes se desbarató cuando uno de ellos tuvo un cambio de idea.
7. (to become resolved)
a. resolverse
The mystery unraveled when two previously unknown witnesses came forward.El misterio se resolvió cuando dos testigos, antes desconocidos, se presentaron.
b. aclararse
When he discovered Angelina's true identity, her plan unraveled in his head.Cuando descubrió la verdadera identidad de Angelina, su plan se aclaró en su cabeza.
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unravel
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (wool)
a. deshacer
2. (fig)
a. desentrañar (plot, mystery)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (wool)
a. deshacerse
4. (fig)
a. desbaratarse (plan)
5. (fig)
a. desentrañarse (mystery)
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unravel [ʌnˈrævəl]
transitive verb
desenredar; desenmarañar
intransitive verb
desenredarse; desenmarañarse
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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