untangle

[ uhn-tang-guh l ]
/ ʌnˈtæŋ gəl /

verb (used with object), un·tan·gled, un·tan·gling.

to bring out of a tangled state; disentangle; unsnarl.
to straighten out or clear up (anything confused or perplexing).

Nearby words

  1. untainted,
  2. untalented,
  3. untamable,
  4. untamed,
  5. untangible,
  6. untapped,
  7. untarnished,
  8. untaught,
  9. untaxed,
  10. unteach

Origin of untangle

First recorded in 1540–50; un-2 + tangle1

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British Dictionary definitions for untangle

untangle

/ (ʌnˈtæŋɡəl) /

verb (tr)

to free from a tangled condition
to free from perplexity or confusion
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Word Origin and History for untangle

untangle

v.

1540s, from un- (2) + tangle. Related: Untangled; untangling.

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