untwine

verb

un·​twine ˌən-ˈtwīn How to pronounce untwine (audio)
untwined; untwining; untwines

transitive verb

1
: to unwind the twisted or tangled parts of : disentangle
2
: to remove by unwinding

intransitive verb

: to become disentangled or unwound

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of untwine was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Untwine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untwine. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

untwine

verb
un·​twine ˌən-ˈtwīn How to pronounce untwine (audio)
ˈən-
1
: to unwind the twisted or tangled parts of : disentangle
2
: to remove by unwinding
3
: to become untangled or unwound
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