un·​snarl | \ ˌən-ˈsnär(-ə)l How to pronounce unsnarl (audio) \
unsnarled; unsnarling; unsnarls

Definition of unsnarl

transitive verb

: to disentangle a snarl in

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Examples of unsnarl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ambitious plan, which could top $10 billion, would open up the waterfronts of Hartford and East Hartford to public use and unsnarl a traffic bottleneck at the intersection of I-84 and I-91. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Larson still wants a $10 billion tunnel beneath Hartford, but needed transportation projects across Connecticut may require a different strategy," 13 Sep. 2019 Los Angeles, Seattle and Honolulu, among others, are all spending billions of dollars to expand public transit as a way to unsnarl their roadways. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Should Macy’s Build a Giant Tower in One of N.Y.’s Most Congested Neighborhoods?," 1 July 2019 Endometriosis has a notorious reputation as an excruciating, complex condition with a tangle of potential mechanisms that doctors are still attempting to unsnarl. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Ways People With Endometriosis Deal With the Pain," 24 Apr. 2019 But within just a few days, crews managed to repair the worst of the damage, unsnarling traffic in Alaska’s largest city. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 Buy Photo City Council will consider creating civilian traffic enforcement officers to unsnarl the traffic logjams plaguing Philadelphia’s busiest streets. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Philly to explore using civilian traffic cops to unjam the streets," 24 Jan. 2018 Their Active Traffic Management System, (ATMS) aimed at unsnarling the backups on I-66, is one of 12 projects to reach this year’s finals. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Vote now and make VDOT and I-66 a big winner," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unsnarl

1555, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsnarl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsnarl. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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