- to free or become free from entanglement; untangle; extricate (often followed by from).
Origin of disentangle
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Examples from the Web for disentangle
So it's hard to disentangle any possible negative effects from the effects of divorce and other family instability.Can Gay Marriage Solve Our Adoption Problem?
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All of these factors are related to cognitive enhancement, but they're difficult to disentangle.Busting the Adderall Myth
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But how then do we disentangle from this place in a responsible way?The Hotspots No Speech Can Fix
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Yes; he has come over to disentangle the mystery about the diamonds.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
He cannot disentangle the arts from the virtues—at least he is always arguing from one to the other.The Republic
The student of this day finds it difficult to disentangle the varied accounts.The Siege of Boston
It was impossible to disentangle one's activity from its debasing contacts.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
So I have tried to disentangle it, and give it here in a simpler form.
- to release or become free from entanglement or confusion
- (tr) to unravel or work out
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Word Origin and History for disentangle
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