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verb (used with or without object), dis·en·tan·gled, dis·en·tan·gling.
  1. to free or become free from entanglement; untangle; extricate (often followed by from).

Origin of disentangle

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis-1 + entangle
Related formsdis·en·tan·gle·ment, noundis·en·tan·gler, noun

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  1. to release or become free from entanglement or confusion
  2. (tr) to unravel or work out
Derived Formsdisentanglement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disentangle

1590s; see dis- + entangle. Related: Disentangled; disentangling.

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