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uncouple

[uhn-kuhp-uh l] /ʌnˈkʌp əl/
verb (used with object), uncoupled, uncoupling.
1.
to release the coupling or link between; disconnect; let go:
to uncouple railroad cars.
2.
to end (a romantic relationship or marriage):
Their marriage was uncoupled by financial problems.
verb (used without object), uncoupled, uncoupling.
3.
to become unfastened; let go:
The glider uncoupled from the tow plane.
4.
to end a romantic relationship or marriage:
My sister and her boyfriend have uncoupled after ten years together.
5.
(of a romantic relationship or marriage) to end.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English unco(u)plen; see un-2, couple
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Examples from the web for uncouple
  • Don't uncouple the trailer if you're only spending the night and don't need to use your tow vehicle.
  • Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains.
British Dictionary definitions for uncouple

uncouple

/ʌnˈkʌpəl/
verb
1.
to disconnect or unfasten or become disconnected or unfastened
2.
(transitive) to set loose; release
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Word Origin and History for uncouple
v.

c.1300, from un- (2) "opposite of" + couple (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch ontcoppelen. Related: Uncoupled; uncoupling.

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