uncouple

verb
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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Other Words from uncouple

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
Recent Examples on the Web That is part of the appeal, for some, to make sports an obtuse distraction from reality, but any suggestion that sports used to be uncoupled from culture and politics is myth. John Branch, New York Times, "The League They Told You Not to Worry About," 2 Oct. 2019 Another upgrade: As Viola de Lesseps, Shakespeare's muse, Lakewood's Kelsey Glasser consciously uncouples herself from Gwyneth Paltrow's gratingly giddy screen performance. Lee Williams | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "The play’s the thing, not the movie, when it comes to ‘Shakespeare in Love’," 4 Nov. 2019 The two trade fairs consciously uncoupled back in June, meaning companies are no longer required to book stands at both conferences and the two weeks will grow differently. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "MIPTV Unveils New Strategy for 2020," 16 Oct. 2019 The science uncoupling the effects of fasting and calorie restriction on aging is in its infancy. William Mair, Twin Cities, "William Mair: Five myths about aging," 24 Sep. 2019 In an era in which body-positivity activists have been working hard to help women uncouple their sense of self-worth from the numbers on a scale, that’s one controversial plot. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Can you be body-positive and want to lose weight?," 4 Sep. 2019 This week, a hip-hop mogul listed his longtime Woodland Hills home, an NFL great decided to give a sale another go ... a decade later … and a Spice Girl uncoupled from her marital home. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Hot Property Newsletter: The next episode (featuring a QB and Mel B)," 20 July 2019 Besides being able to shift up or down using the paddles, drivers will be able to uncouple the transmission altogether by pulling on both paddles at once. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "GM unveils a radically new Corvette," 18 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of uncouple

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uncouple.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncoupler?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=uncoup02. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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uncouple

verb
How to pronounce uncouple (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of uncouple

: to separate or disconnect (something) from something else

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