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[dis-am-big-yoo-eyt] /ˌdɪs æmˈbɪg yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), disambiguated, disambiguating.
to remove the ambiguity from; make unambiguous: In order to disambiguate the sentence “She lectured on the famous passenger ship,” you'll have to write either “lectured on board” or “lectured about.”.
Origin of disambiguate
1960-65; dis-1 + ambigu(ous) + -ate1
Related forms
disambiguation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disambiguate
  • It must disambiguate words with multiple meanings, by taking into account any context it can recognise.
  • Using story retelling as an index of language ability, it is difficult to disambiguate comprehension and memory deficits.
  • It is used to disambiguate a possible metaphorical interpretation of a phrase.
British Dictionary definitions for disambiguate


(transitive) to make (an ambiguous expression) unambiguous
Derived Forms
disambiguation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disambiguate

1963, back-formation from disambiguation. Related: Disambiguated; disambiguating.

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