dis·​en·​tan·​gle | \ ˌdis-in-ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce disentangle (audio) \
disentangled; disentangling; disentangles

Definition of disentangle

transitive verb

: to free from entanglement : unravel

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disentanglement \ ˌdis-​in-​ˈtaŋ-​gəl-​mənt How to pronounce disentanglement (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of disentangle in a Sentence

it took forever to disentangle the knot the years that it took to disentangle ourselves from our troubles after someone started using our social security numbers
Recent Examples on the Web Brexit suggested an orderly and well-managed—but less decisive—exit, with agreements in place to smooth the process of disentangling the UK from more than 40 years of membership of the European common market and community. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "How Brexit is changing the English language," 29 Oct. 2019 Can Skeets, can any of Skeets’s characters, disentangle eros from self-hatred? Stephanie Burt, Harper's magazine, "Where We Live Now," 28 Oct. 2019 But bankruptcy experts said disentangling such investments to increase awards to creditors would be difficult. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Purdue Pharma family profits from sale of ski resorts in regions plagued by opioid addiction," 29 Sep. 2019 In this case, a team led by the University of Exeter’s Russell Blackport tried to disentangle the chain of events with a clever analysis. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Tested: Idea that sea ice steadies jet stream, blocking cold winters," 12 Aug. 2019 Blackwell’s story can’t be disentangled from Marley’s and vice versa. Dan Rys, Billboard, "In Jamaica With Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell," 12 Sep. 2019 But many of the tools for disentangling them from the rest of the data don’t yet exist. Quanta Magazine, "A Digital Copy of the Universe, Encrypted," 2 Oct. 2013 The Chamber of Commerce, too, is in the early phases of disentangling itself from the Republican Party after decades of loyalty. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, "Businesses Are Getting Spooked by Trump's Trade Policy," 12 June 2019 The Chamber of Commerce, too, is in the early phases of disentangling itself from the Republican Party after decades of loyalty. Time, "'It's Bad News For the Free Market.' U.S. Businesses Are Spooked by President Trump's Trade Policies," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of disentangle

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disentangle was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of disentangle

: to separate (things that are twisted together or caught on one another)
: to remove the twists or knots in (something)


dis·​en·​tan·​gle | \ ˌdi-sᵊn-ˈtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce disentangle (audio) \
disentangled; disentangling

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