verb (used with object), untangled, untangling.
to bring out of a tangled state; disentangle; unsnarl.
to straighten out or clear up (anything confused or perplexing).

1540–50; un-2 + tangle

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untangle (ʌnˈtæŋɡəl)
1.  to free from a tangled condition
2.  to free from perplexity or confusion

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Word Origin & History

1550, from un- (2) + tangle.
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Example sentences
They found the protein could untangle its arms at one end to loosen its grip on
  a potentially toxic molecule of iron and sulfur.
Reflexivity enables researchers to untangle personal and theoretical
  commitments and scrutinize ethics and epistemology.
He will try to untangle matted fur by chewing on the fur mat.
Don't panic or thrash around if entangled, slowly remove the kelp or have your
  buddy gently untangle it for you.
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