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.”
The Curious Chronicle of the Letter CThe English language is infamously difficult in part because its spelling befuddles even native speakers as letters take on different sounds depending on what letters surround it. Few letters exemplify this trouble more than the third letter of the English alphabet: C. Think about these words: cease, coin, chic, indict, and discrepancy. In this string of terms, C sounds like S, K, Sh, and in …
Vocabulary Unplugged: Technology and the LexiconEven the least tech-savvy lexicographer understands that technology is a robust source of new words. As technologies move from the realm of science fiction into our everyday realities, new words and meanings spring up around them. While it is expected that names for these new technologies and the words describing our interaction with them are regularly entering the language, there are less obvious coinages that …
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Origin of disambiguate
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(tr) to make (an ambiguous expression) unambiguous
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1963, back-formation from disambiguation. Related: Disambiguated; disambiguating.
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