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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for disentanglement
Historical Examples
  • The three, however, were already in process of disentanglement.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • It was vain to seek their disentanglement; it was impossible.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
  • But they do this so effectually that a disentanglement is really impossible.

  • The union of these diverse elements has become too close for disentanglement.

    Tragedy Ashley H. Thorndike
  • Rex strolled towards the cigars, with disentanglement obviously in his mind.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • Even by our ancestors this was reckoned a rather too simple method of disentanglement.

    Play-Making William Archer
  • The first fork is disentanglement from the sweetness of the world.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • It was only at the instant of disentanglement and mutual apologies that we were aware of each other.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • I think, pen in hand; it is like the disentanglement, the winding-off of a skein.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • And it is these inert half-willed people who will obstruct the disentanglement of the settlement from diplomatic hands.

British Dictionary definitions for disentanglement


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 disentanglement



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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