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verb (used with object), dis·am·big·u·at·ed, dis·am·big·u·at·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsdis·am·big·u·a·tion, noun
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Related Words for disambiguate

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British Dictionary definitions for disambiguate


  1. (tr) to make (an ambiguous expression) unambiguous
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Derived Formsdisambiguation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disambiguate


1963, back-formation from disambiguation. Related: Disambiguated; disambiguating.

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