de·​cou·​ple (ˌ)dē-ˈkə-pəl How to pronounce decouple (audio)
decoupled; decoupling; decouples

transitive verb

: to eliminate the interrelationship of : separate

Examples of decouple in a Sentence

to have a fruitful discussion, we need to decouple fact from opinion
Recent Examples on the Web Shortly after the dollar was decoupled from gold, Europe’s currencies were decoupled from the dollar. Yanis Varoufakis, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 But some of their advisers are now exploring futures in which the United States may be more successful in decoupling itself from the global trading order than in forcing others to decouple from China. Graham Allison, Foreign Affairs, 16 Jan. 2024 By thoroughly decoupling driver pay from actual trip time and distance, UFD gives Uber complete discretionary control over setting trip pay to the lowest level any driver is willing to accept for ridehail trips. Len Sherman, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The front motor can now be decoupled while driving for better efficiency, and together with the new, more efficient rear drive unit, range has increased by 16 miles (25 km) to 276 miles (444 km). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 6 Sep. 2023 And decoupling actually aligned really well with sort of the anti-lock-in policies. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Nov. 2023 For that reason, all the e-motors are water-cooled and drive through a one-speed transmission that allows them to be decoupled from the wheels to enable energy-saving coasting, or lift-off deceleration roughly equivalent to that of an internal-combustion-engine car with an automatic transmission. Angus MacKenzie, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2023 Like its 2016 upfront passenger pricing predecessor, UFD completely decoupled driver pay from the actual time and distance of ridehail trips. Len Sherman, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Biden will likely defend U.S. export controls on semiconductor chips, while again stressing the U.S. is not trying to decouple from China. Selina Wang, ABC News, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decouple was in 1938

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“Decouple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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