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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).
Origin of disentangle
1590-1600; dis-1 + entangle
Related forms
disentanglement, noun
disentangler, noun
disembarrass, disencumber. Unabridged
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  • Petroleum suppliers and auto manufacturers alike understand the need to disentangle their business models from crude.
  • Poetry came to him slowly, and he had to disentangle it from more active growths of comic energy.
  • Let us disentangle identification as it occurs in the structure of a neurotic symptom from its rather complicated connections.
  • He learned to mentally disentangle the effects of meteor impacts to see the underlying rock types.
  • Nature's interdependent chains of cause and effect are usually too complex to disentangle.
  • They are equally convinced that they can easily disentangle the biases from reality.
  • One therefore cannot disentangle what the receiver will get out of them from what the sender wanted to convey.
  • Fortunately, the past year has seen the publication of a series of results that help to disentangle signal and noise.
  • Nor is it easy to disentangle the effects of climate change from those of avoidable failures in policy.
  • In the longer term, the roles of poverty and race are difficult to disentangle.
British Dictionary definitions for disentangle


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 disentangle

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

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