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[dis-en-tang-guh l] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with or without object), disentangled, disentangling.
to free or become free from entanglement; untangle; extricate (often followed by from).
Origin of disentangle
First recorded in 1590-1600; dis-1 + entangle
Related forms
disentanglement, noun
disentangler, noun
disembarrass, disencumber. Unabridged
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  • His companions sped merrily on, not noticing what had befallen him, and he was left to disentangle himself as best he could.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • From every mesh in the social web, he can disentangle a grace.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Her heart whispered her something more than her understanding could disentangle.

    Damon and Delia William Godwin
  • And, kneeling down, she began to disentangle a fly, imprisoned in a cobweb.

  • And, once the heart is enmeshed in the golden filaments, it is a most dolorous work to disentangle it.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • Yes; he has come over to disentangle the mystery about the diamonds.

  • I found means, however, one way or other, to disentangle myself.

British Dictionary definitions for disentangle


to release or become free from entanglement or confusion
(transitive) to unravel or work out
Derived Forms
disentanglement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disentangle

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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