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 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 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

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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/uncoupling. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncouple

: to separate or disconnect (something) from something else

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