untangle

verb
un·​tan·​gle | \ ˌən-ˈtaŋ-gəl \
untangled; untangling; untangles

Definition of untangle

transitive verb

: to loose from tangles or entanglement : straighten out untangle a knot untangle a mystery

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Choose the Right Synonym for untangle

extricate, disentangle, untangle, disencumber, disembarrass mean to free from what binds or holds back. extricate implies the use of care or ingenuity in freeing from a difficult position or situation. extricated himself from financial difficulties disentangle and untangle suggest painstaking separation of a thing from other things. disentangling fact from fiction untangle a web of deceit disencumber implies a release from something that clogs or weighs down. an article disencumbered of jargon disembarrass suggests a release from something that impedes or hinders. disembarrassed herself of her advisers

Examples of untangle in a Sentence

She carefully untangled the child's hair. He untangled the garden hose.

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The contradicting research refuses to yield concrete answers and the data are harder to untangle than a thousand earbuds. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 Earlier this fall, New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Jason Moon delved into the Bear Brook case with a seven-episode series that sought to untangle the case and its various angles. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two bodies were discovered in a barrel deep in a New Hampshire forest," 18 Nov. 2018 Facebook is moving to untangle its often bewildering array of privacy options as the social network struggles to contain the damage from a widening scandal over user data. Bloomberg News, NOLA.com, "Facebook revamps privacy settings in response to uproar," 28 Mar. 2018 Those relationships don’t untangle easily — and are usually legally required to be kept secret. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 Chirinos pushed Kemp as the two man untangled themselves. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Matt Kemp ejected in Dodgers' 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rangers," 14 June 2018 The overlap between these afflictions is hard to untangle; diagnosis and treatment can be very difficult. BostonGlobe.com, "Raising Connor," 5 May 2018 During the Industrial Revolution, England built workhouses where the destitute broke stones and untangled rope in return for food and a bed. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 Reckoning with the responsibilities of new parenthood, untangling a brief liaison that became a lifelong bond — these are the sorts of subjects that would ordinarily animate great Drake music. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "For the First Time, Drake Runs From His Feelings," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of untangle

1550, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near untangle

untamable

untamed

untangible

untangle

untanned

untapped

untarnished

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untangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of untangle

: to separate (things that are twisted together) : to remove the twists or knots in (something)

untangle

verb
un·​tan·​gle | \ ˌən-ˈtaŋ-gəl \
untangled; untangling

Kids Definition of untangle

1 : to remove a tangle from
2 : to straighten out You need to untangle your money situation.

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