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

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 Being in the eye of the storm, Lee can’t disambiguate its wider effects. The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 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, 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 17 May. 2022.

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