from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To solve or explain (a riddle or mystery).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To figure out the answer to a riddle.
  • v. To solve a perplexing problem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To read the riddle of; to solve or explain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To explain or tell something to.
  • To read the riddle of; solve or explain; interpret: as, to unriddle an enigma or mystery.


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