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.”

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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
Question 1 of 10
decorum

Origin of disambiguate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM disambiguate

dis·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 forms of disambiguate

disambiguation, noun
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