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 uncouple (audio) \ noun

Examples of uncouple in a Sentence

They uncoupled the railroad cars. uncoupled the two railroad cars
Recent Examples on the Web Financial insecurity due to stock market declines and high unemployment, fear of relocating to new physical environments, and reluctance to make major life decisions are among the reasons couples may choose not to uncouple. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Connecticut attorneys say marriages are holding steady, as other states see spike in COVID-19 divorces," 10 Aug. 2020 These people had crowded into, and on the top of, a few straggling passenger cars that lay uncoupled along the track, in seeming expectation that some one was to come, in due time, and take them off. al, "Mobile’s statue: Who was Confederate Adm. Raphael Semmes?," 5 June 2020 The coalition, which came together after Kaepernick found himself out of the NFL, meanwhile, has used its influence to push for legislation aimed at uncoupling crime from poverty and changing laws that disproportionately affect minority communities. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Commentary: Athletes like LeBron James know how to fight racism. Do you?," 27 May 2020 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

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First Known Use of uncouple

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Uncouple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncouple. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncouple

: to separate or disconnect (something) from something else

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