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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
1590-1600; dis-1 + entangle
Related forms
disentanglement, noun
disentangler, noun
disembarrass, disencumber. Unabridged
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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


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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