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[dis-en-tang-guh l] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), disentangled, disentangling.
to free or become free from entanglement; untangle; extricate (often followed by from).
1590-1600; dis-1 + entangle
Related forms
disentanglement, noun
disentangler, noun
disembarrass, disencumber. Unabridged
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  • You're right that non-human things can't be disentangled from human thought and language.
  • It isn't clear how these two possibilities could be disentangled in research studies involving clinical populations.
  • The political and economic spheres simply can not be disentangled, but that won't keep the economists from acting as if they can.
  • One's history should not overwhelm that process but it also can't completely be disentangled from it.
  • Even after the companies were disentangled under federal oversight, some of the subsidiaries' relationships have grown.
  • He disentangled us with his observations about our speech and behaviour.
  • Public treachery and private deception cannot so easily be disentangled.
  • Through this process writing was becoming disentangled from direct depiction.
  • The bucket suddenly became disentangled and started to swing to the right.
  • It is argued that educational opportunities and educational results cannot be disentangled.
British Dictionary definitions for disentangled


to release or become free from entanglement or confusion
(transitive) to unravel or work out
Derived Forms
disentanglement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disentangled



1590s; see dis- + entangle. Related: Disentangled; disentangling.

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