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 Social scientists and historians do their best to disentangle this web of variables and rank their influence on the formation of opinions. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "The vital mystery of how we think about the world," 22 May 2020 Further complicating policy makers’ decisions, one-time price increases resulting from tariffs could be hard to disentangle from price pressures building from a tightening labor market, Mr. Rosengren said. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Should Raise Banks’ Capital Buffer, Now at Zero, Official Says," 27 June 2018 One way to begin to disentangle whether the brain differences predate the disease is to study people very early in its course. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Rethinking anorexia: Biology may be more important than culture, new studies reveal," 9 Apr. 2020 The disassociation from Fox also helps to disentangle Disney from Murdoch — at least publicly. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "Disney to remove ‘Fox’ from 20th Century film studio name," 17 Jan. 2020 For Tonya Isaac, a 40-year-old Sunday school teacher who spent her teen years in the subsidized housing complex and has lived there with her husband and children for the past 12 years, reparations cannot be disentangled from poverty and race. Tracy Jan, Washington Post, "Reparations, rebranded," 24 Feb. 2020 Those closest to racing say danger cannot be disentangled from motorsports. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "'All of us in NASCAR or IndyCar strap in knowing what we’re doing is dangerous'," 19 Feb. 2020 Can criticism of Israel be disentangled from anti-Semitism? The Economist, "Among critics of Israel, conservatives are most likely to be anti-Semitic," 12 Oct. 2019 Under Trump, the U.S. has been disentangling its firms and, yes, supply chains from China’s through taxes, tariffs and punitive investment curbs. Charlie Campbell, Time, "The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Derail Xi Jinping’s Dreams of a Chinese Century," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of disentangle

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Disentangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disentangle. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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