disambiguate

verb
dis·​am·​big·​u·​ate | \ ˌdis-am-ˈbi-gyə-ˌwāt How to pronounce disambiguate (audio) , -gyü-ˌāt \
disambiguated; disambiguating

Definition of disambiguate

transitive verb

linguistics
: to establish a single semantic or grammatical interpretation for needed to disambiguate the phrase

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Other Words from disambiguate

disambiguation \ ˌdis-​am-​ˌbi-​gyə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce disambiguate (audio) , -​gyü-​ˈā-​ \ noun

Examples of disambiguate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kreis anticipates a Democratic Congress may attempt to disambiguate the law by exempting civil rights law from the religious freedom act. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Supreme Court's LGBTQ ruling could have 'broad implications,' legal experts say," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of disambiguate

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Disambiguate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disambiguate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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