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disentangle

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verb dis·en·tan·gle \ˌdis-in-ˈtaŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of disentangle

  • : to separate (things that are twisted together or caught on one another)

  • : to remove the twists or knots in (something)

Full Definition of disentangle

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to free from entanglement :  unravel

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become disentangled

dis·en·tan·gle·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of disentangle

  1. <it took forever to disentangle the knot>

  2. <the years that it took to disentangle ourselves from our troubles after someone started using our social security numbers>



1598

First Known Use of disentangle

1598

Synonym Discussion of disentangle

extricate, disentangle, untangle, disencumber, disembarrass mean to free from what binds or holds back. extricate implies the use of care or ingenuity in freeing from a difficult position or situation <extricated himself from financial difficulties>. disentangle and untangle suggest painstaking separation of a thing from other things <disentangling fact from fiction> <untangle a web of deceit>. disencumber implies a release from something that clogs or weighs down <an article disencumbered of jargon>. disembarrass suggests a release from something that impedes or hinders <disembarrassed herself of her advisers>.


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