verb (used with or without object), dis·en·tan·gled, dis·en·tan·gling.

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

Synonyms for disentangle

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Historical Examples of disentanglement

  • The three, however, were already in process of disentanglement.

    The Bright Messenger

    Algernon Blackwood

  • It was vain to seek their disentanglement; it was impossible.

    Incredible Adventures

    Algernon Blackwood

  • But they do this so effectually that a disentanglement is really impossible.

  • The union of these diverse elements has become too close for disentanglement.


    Ashley H. Thorndike

  • Rex strolled towards the cigars, with disentanglement obviously in his mind.


    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for disentanglement



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



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

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