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

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 The links between militias, gangsters and mainstream politics became harder to disentangle in Karachi than anywhere else in Pakistan. The Economist, "Tales of the city The volatile history of Karachi," 6 Feb. 2021 The probabilistic noise added further randomness for the receiver to disentangle. Quanta Magazine, "How Claude Shannon Invented the Future," 22 Dec. 2020 Concerns over its public image could also have pushed Pfizer to disentangle itself from temperature monitoring at the final stage of vaccine storage. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, "Pfizer decision to turn off temperature sensors forced scramble to ensure Covid-19 vaccines kept ultra-cold," 17 Dec. 2020 It's also been impossible to disentangle what should be a global fight from the impulses of national politics. NBC News, "Britain becomes first to roll out clinically approved BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine," 8 Dec. 2020 The questions are complicated, and, as with many issues, turn on many factors that are difficult, if not impossible, to disentangle from one another. Jack Butler, National Review, "Back to the Future Meets Hillbilly Elegy," 5 Dec. 2020 To get around this, scientists have devised clever experiments to assess subjects’ answers against their behavior, attitudes, and circumstances that allow researchers to begin to disentangle the true drivers of behavior. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Are millennials really giving up on children over climate change?," 3 Dec. 2020 Worse, there is no way to disentangle LACMA from base participation in a beer company’s big-ticket, ongoing advertising campaign. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The hidden truth of LACMA’s Alex Prager show may drive you to drink," 1 Dec. 2020 Current efforts to disentangle wealth from the American population are even more radical. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of disentangle

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of disentangle was in 1598

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“Disentangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disentangle. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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