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 disentangle (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

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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 Methods included being rotated underwater in an ejection seat and being dragged across the pool attached to a parachute, from which students had to disentangle themselves. Nojan Aminosharei, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 Those two things are hard to disentangle, though, in thinking about the future of the court. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Leaving the mechanical to the side for the moment, interpretive and affective difficulty are hard to disentangle. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Each company is confronting its own particular set of challenges in figuring out how to disentangle its brand, products and services from Russia. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2022 So why on Earth are these Mary Celeste flights still ongoing -- and what are aviation's stakeholders doing to disentangle themselves from the red tape that has ensnared the airlines into this climate-damaging mess? Paul Sillers, CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 Pressure on companies to disentangle themselves from such potential abuses is growing. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Some fast-food chains are struggling to disentangle their brands from Russia amid intense public pressure on U.S. companies to withdraw from the country over its attack on Ukraine. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 18 Mar. 2022 Even if a major ISS partner does decide to withdraw from the project, the transition may take months or even years to fully disentangle. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disentangle

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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21 May 2022

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“Disentangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disentangle. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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