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disambiguate

[ dis-am-big-yoo-eyt ]
/ ˌdɪs æmˈbɪg yuˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), dis·am·big·u·at·ed, dis·am·big·u·at·ing.
to remove the ambiguity from; make unambiguous: In order to disambiguate the sentence “She lectured on the famous passenger ship,” you'll have to write either “lectured on board” or “lectured about.”
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Origin of disambiguate

First recorded in 1960–65; dis-1 + ambigu(ous) + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM disambiguate

dis·am·big·u·a·tion [dis-am-big-yoo-ey-shuhn] /dɪs æmˌbɪg yuˈeɪ ʃən/ noun
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British Dictionary definitions for disambiguate

disambiguate
/ (ˌdɪsæmˈbɪɡjʊˌeɪt) /

verb
(tr) to make (an ambiguous expression) unambiguous

Derived forms of disambiguate

disambiguation, noun
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