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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
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 first fork is disentanglement from the sweetness of the world.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
  • The three, however, were already in process of disentanglement.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • The disentanglement of their effects is frequently so difficult as to make more than an approach to the truth possible.

  • It was vain to seek their disentanglement; it was impossible.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
  • The player finds nothing laboriously put together and requiring study for its disentanglement.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • But they do this so effectually that a disentanglement is really impossible.

  • They never want to be on hand when any process of disentanglement is necessary that defies temporarily the "family slave."

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • It was only at the instant of disentanglement and mutual apologies that we were aware of each other.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • In his laborious way, Tom worked at the disentanglement, but without much success.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • The notables and the chief of the council of finance undertook in concert the disentanglement of the accounts submitted to them.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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