un·​cou·​ple | \ ˌən-ˈkə-pəl How to pronounce uncouple (audio) \
uncoupled; uncoupling; uncouples

Definition of uncouple

transitive verb

1 : to release (dogs) from a pair of joined collars
2 : detach, disconnect uncouple railroad cars

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uncoupler \ ˌən-​ˈkə-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce uncoupler (audio) \ noun

Examples of uncouple in a Sentence

They uncoupled the railroad cars. uncoupled the two railroad cars

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The past few years look like the kind of crazy uncoupling that happens every couple of decades, not a structural downshift from the world's most competitive market to a network of cartels. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "One of Warren Buffet’s Favorite Metrics is Flashing Red—a Sign That Corporate Profits Are Due for a Hit," 17 July 2019 His coalition has made little effort to uncouple its political and military identities, and that has earned it a scolding from Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Washington Post, "Iraqi election seen as a contest between Iran’s challenger and America’s incumbent," 11 May 2018 My roommates, a couple probably/hopefully in the process of uncoupling, spend most of their free hours adding to the noise levels by playing the sort of music that is like a prolonged moan, or maybe a whale dying, while yelling at each other. Greta Moran, The Cut, "The Intimacy of Socializing in Silence," 29 Mar. 2018 After that consciously uncoupling business, she is now engaged to a behind-the-scenes mogul, TV producer Brad Falchuk. Karen Helle, chicagotribune.com, "Go ahead, hate Goop; Gwyneth Paltrow is having the last laugh," 14 June 2018 Paltrow shares son Moses Bruce Anthony, 12, and daughter Apple Blythe Alison, 14, with her consciously uncoupled-from ex-husband Chris Martin. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Gwyneth Paltrow Says She and Fiancé Brad Falchuk Don't Want Any More Kids," 23 May 2018 Can gun culture be similarly uncoupled from Americana? Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Can Americans ditch guns the way we ditched cigarettes?," 21 May 2018 This week, it will be fully uncoupled from the civic realm, sold off to the highest bidder. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "This Miró masterpiece will be sold to the highest bidder. It belongs in a museum instead," 15 May 2018 According to a 2009 Science study, the cramped form uncouples the jockey’s movements from that of their steed and keeps the rider steady. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Digging Into Derby Day," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of uncouple

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of uncouple

: to separate or disconnect (something) from something else

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