disentangle

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verb dis·en·tan·gle \ ˌdis-in-ˈtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of disentangle

transitive verb
:to free from entanglement :unravel
intransitive verb
:to become disentangled

disentanglement

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of disentangle in a Sentence

  1. it took forever to disentangle the knot

  2. the years that it took to disentangle ourselves from our troubles after someone started using our social security numbers

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First Known Use of disentangle

1598

disentangle Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of disentangle

extricate, disentangle, untangle, disencumber, disembarrass mean to free from what binds or holds back. extricate implies the use of care or ingenuity in freeing from a difficult position or situation.
    • extricated himself from financial difficulties
disentangle and untangle suggest painstaking separation of a thing from other things.
    • disentangling fact from fiction
    • untangle a web of deceit
disencumber implies a release from something that clogs or weighs down.
    • an article disencumbered of jargon
disembarrass suggests a release from something that impedes or hinders.
    • disembarrassed herself of her advisers

DISENTANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

disentangle

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Definition of disentangle for English Language Learners

  • : to separate (things that are twisted together or caught on one another)

  • : to remove the twists or knots in (something)


DISENTANGLE Defined for Kids

disentangle

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verb dis·en·tan·gle \ ˌdi-sᵊn-ˈtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of disentangle for Students

disentangled; disentangling


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