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

Examples of decouple in a Sentence

to have a fruitful discussion, we need to decouple fact from opinion
Recent Examples on the Web And in 2008, rising fuel costs and sagging demand prompted airlines to decouple standard amenities from economy tickets in order to keep their prices competitive. Mac Schwerin, The Atlantic, 29 May 2022 The advance in energy prices came as Western sanctions, designed to decouple Russia from the global financial system, led to turmoil in its domestic markets. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2022 This would decouple your side of the wall from the other. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 The goal of vaccination is to decouple infections from hospitalizations and severe illness. Deblina Chakraborty, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 Walensky also expressed openness to changing the way CDC directors are selected, floating a shift to six-year terms to decouple the agency’s fate from the four-year presidential cycle. Lev Facher, STAT, 9 May 2022 For earthquake risk, the building’s base isolators essentially decouple the building from its foundation. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Headless commerce is the ability to decouple your front-end and back-end e-commerce systems to enable innovation and a fast pace of change. Jim Stirewalt, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Lithuania’s ability to decouple itself from Russian energy largely comes down to having already done work to wean itself off Russian gas. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of decouple

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Decouple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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