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 According to Japan's Asahi Shimbun, the council wants to decouple the Senkakus from the populated parts of Ishigaki island to streamline administrative practices. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Why this Japan-China island dispute could be Asia's next military flashpoint," 20 June 2020 Trump on Thursday even suggested on Twitter that the U.S. could completely decouple its economy from China if necessary. Nick Wadhams,, "Biden, Trump Quit Praising Xi to Feud Over Who’d Be Tougher on China," 18 June 2020 Enmeshed in the global supply chain, many American tech companies have opposed efforts to decouple the U.S. from China. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "The Great U.S.-China Tech Divide," 20 Jan. 2020 At an altitude 310 miles above the Earth, the satellite decoupled from the rocket and moved into orbit. Jon Gertner, Scientific American, "How a New Wave of Orbiting Sentinels Is Changing Climate Science," 6 Jan. 2020 This legislation temporarily decouples HSAs from HDHPs, allowing more Americans to hold an HSA to save for health-care expenses during the coronavirus pandemic. Chip Roy, National Review, "The Case for Health Plan Flexibility during COVID-19," 14 Apr. 2020 China, meanwhile, is decoupling itself economically from the U.S. Your voice matters. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The NSA patches up its reputation with a gift to Microsoft," 15 Jan. 2020 This policy would reward the FDA approval of novel therapeutics that meet unmet medical needs of antimicrobial resistance, providing a certain return on investment for developers that is decoupled from volume of sales. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Infectious disease expert: Antibiotic resistance could create another headache post-coronavirus," 26 Mar. 2020 And despite efforts by the Trump administration to decouple the U.S. and Chinese economies through protectionist trade policies, the countries are ever more economically interconnected. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "U.S. seen taking economic hit as coronavirus spreads," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of decouple

1938, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2020

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“Decouple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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