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disentangle

[dis-en-tang-guh l] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with or without object), disentangled, disentangling.
1.
to free or become free from entanglement; untangle; extricate (often followed by from).
Origin of disentangle
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; dis-1 + entangle
Related forms
disentanglement, noun
disentangler, noun
Synonyms
disembarrass, disencumber.
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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

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 disentanglement

disentangle

v.

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

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