disentangle

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

Definition of disentangle 

transitive verb

: to free from entanglement : unravel

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Other Words from disentangle

disentanglement \ -​mənt \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disentangle

Synonyms

ravel (out), unbraid, unlay, unravel, unsnarl, untangle, untwine, untwist, unweave

Antonyms

entangle, snarl, tangle

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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

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But disentangling the film from the current political and cultural climate, Overlord is a shocking, thrilling B-movie ride that works on its own level. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock," 9 Nov. 2018 Windows does, of course, contain many individual components, and Microsoft has done a lot of work to disentangle these. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 The votes came after two days of bruising debate on the government’s key piece of Brexit legislation — the European Union Withdrawal Bill, intended to disentangle Britain from the 28-nation bloc after four decades of membership. Washington Post, "UK government defeats pro-EU lawmakers on Brexit, for now," 13 June 2018 In the days after the sanctions were made public, aluminum prices jumped more than 20%, as institutions and investors quickly tried to disentangle themselves from the Russian aluminum giant. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "U.S. Extends Deadline for Investors to Disentangle From Rusal," 23 Apr. 2018 Now, well into the 21st century, the challenge is how to disentangle and even dismantle those ideas while salvaging the arch as a cultural object. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 Dr Ozanyan and Dr Scully therefore turned, as is now commonplace for anything to do with pattern recognition, to an artificial-intelligence system that uses machine learning to disentangle and recognise such patterns. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018 Now, well into the 21st century, the challenge is how to disentangle and even dismantle those ideas while salvaging the arch as a cultural object. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 Last year, a whale rescuer in Nova Scotia was killed when he was struck by the tail of a right whale, moments after disentangling it, the spokesperson said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Entangled whale spotted off Cape Cod in October is freed from nets in N.Y.," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of disentangle

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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disentangle

verb

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)

disentangle

verb
dis·​en·​tan·​gle | \ˌdi-sᵊn-ˈtaŋ-gəl \
disentangled; disentangling

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