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[uhn-tang-guh l] /ʌnˈtæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), untangled, untangling.
to bring out of a tangled state; disentangle; unsnarl.
to straighten out or clear up (anything confused or perplexing).
Origin of untangle
First recorded in 1540-50; un-2 + tangle1 Unabridged
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  • Your philosophy may be a trifle mixed, but it will untangle itself later on.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • Sally Ann never failed to locate the trouble or to untangle the yarn.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
  • A cup of chocolate, served by Gothon, helped not a little to untangle his ideas.

  • I have been spending all the afternoon getting on to the phone to Paris to untangle the muddle.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • Those who were actually laboring to untangle the ropes only increased the snarl.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for untangle


verb (transitive)
to free from a tangled condition
to free from perplexity or confusion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for untangle

1540s, from un- (2) + tangle. Related: Untangled; untangling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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