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disentangle

[dis-en-tang-guh l] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), disentangled, disentangling.
1.
to free or become free from entanglement; untangle; extricate (often followed by from).
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; dis-1 + entangle
Related forms
disentanglement, noun
disentangler, noun
Synonyms
disembarrass, disencumber.
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  • Petroleum suppliers and auto manufacturers alike understand the need to disentangle their business models from crude.
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  • 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

disentangle

/ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡəl/
verb
1.
to release or become free from entanglement or confusion
2.
(transitive) to unravel or work out
Derived Forms
disentanglement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disentangle
v.

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

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