disambiguate

[ dis-am-big-yoo-eyt ]
/ ˌdɪs æmˈbɪg yuˌeɪt /

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.”

Nearby words

  1. disagree,
  2. disagreeable,
  3. disagreement,
  4. disallow,
  5. disallowable,
  6. disambiguation,
  7. disannul,
  8. disappear,
  9. disappearance,
  10. disapplication

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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British Dictionary definitions for disambiguation

disambiguate

/ (ˌdɪsæmˈbɪɡjʊˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to make (an ambiguous expression) unambiguous
Derived Formsdisambiguation, noun

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Word Origin and History for disambiguation
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