untangle

verb un·tan·gle \ ˌən-ˈtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of untangle

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

Examples of untangle in a Sentence

  1. She carefully untangled the child's hair.

  2. He untangled the garden hose.

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First Known Use of untangle

1550

untangle Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

UNTANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

untangle

verb

Definition of untangle for English Language Learners

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


UNTANGLE Defined for Kids

untangle

verb un·tan·gle \ ˌən-ˈtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of untangle for Students

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


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