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

Definition of decouple

transitive verb

: to eliminate the interrelationship of : separate

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Examples of decouple in a Sentence

to have a fruitful discussion, we need to decouple fact from opinion
Recent Examples on the Web This is where pay-per-mile models or innovative models that decouple the battery from the bus can make eBuses more competitive with their diesel counterparts. Sarwant Singh, Forbes, 6 May 2021 But for years executives and advisers close to both entrepreneurs urged the two men to decouple their businesses, according to people familiar with the matter. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, 3 Apr. 2021 China is hoping the Alaska meeting will decouple politics from trade, and eventually lead to a rollback of US tariffs as well as its commitments to buy more US goods. Jill Disis, CNN, 18 Mar. 2021 These actions and others, detailed in my report, would successfully decouple the U.S. and Chinese economies in a targeted fashion. Tom Cotton, National Review, 17 Mar. 2021 Both funding measures received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate, although Democrats tried to decouple the relief bills from the power measures. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 4 Mar. 2021 Pritzker said Wednesday the lame-duck session underway in Springfield should decouple the state tax code from a recent federal change to lower tax liabilities for businesses hurt during the pandemic. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2021 The method of choice is to decouple website addresses from the series of numbers a computer needs to look up specific sites, a practice akin to listing a wrong number under a person’s name in a phone book. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 But its main aim was to decouple pop’s head-rush aesthetics from any commercial expectations, thereby opening space for wilder fun. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of decouple

1938, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Decouple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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