disentangle

[[t]dɪ̱sɪntæ̱ŋg(ə)l[/t]]
disentangles, disentangling, disentangled
1) VERB If you disentangle a complicated or confused situation, you make it easier to understand or manage to understand it, by clearly recognizing each separate element.

[V n] In this new book, Harrison brilliantly disentangles complex debates...

[V n from n] It's impossible to disentangle the myth from reality.

2) VERB If you disentangle something or someone from an undesirable thing or situation, you separate it from that thing or remove it from that situation.

[V n from n] They are looking at ways to disentangle him from this major policy decision...

[V n from n] The first thing they must do is disentangle themselves from the past.

Syn:
3) VERB If you disentangle something, you separate it from things that are twisted around it, or things that it is twisted or knotted around.

[V n] She clawed at the bushes to disentangle herself...

[V n] The rope could not be disentangled and had to be cut. [Also V n from n]

Syn:
unsnarl

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • disentangle — dis en*tan gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disentangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disentangling}.] 1. To free from entanglement; to release from a condition of being intricately and confusedly involved or interlaced; to reduce to orderly arrangement; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disentangle — I verb arrange, clear, detach, disburden, disconnect, disembroil, disencumber, disengage, disinvolve, disjoin, ease, expedire, explicare, exsolvere, extricate, free, liberate, loosen, methodize, organize, release, relieve, relieve of complication …   Law dictionary

  • disentangle — 1590s; see DIS (Cf. dis ) + ENTANGLE (Cf. entangle). Related: Disentangled; disentangling …   Etymology dictionary

  • disentangle — untangle, *extricate, disembarrass, disencumber Analogous words: disengage, *detach: *separate, part, sever, sunder: *free, release, liberate Antonyms: entangle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disentangle — [v] unwind, disconnect; solve bail one out*, clear up, detach, discumber, disembroil, disencumber, disengage, disinvolve, emancipate, expand, extricate, free, let go, let off, loose, open, part, resolve, separate, sever, simplify, sort out,… …   New thesaurus

  • disentangle — ► VERB ▪ free from entanglement; untwist …   English terms dictionary

  • disentangle — [dis΄in taŋ′gəl] vt. disentangled, disentangling 1. to free from something that entangles, confuses, etc.; extricate; disengage 2. to straighten out (anything tangled, confused, etc.); unravel; untangle vi. to get free from a tangle… …   English World dictionary

  • disentangle — UK [ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡ(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms disentangle : present tense I/you/we/they disentangle he/she/it disentangles present participle disentangling past tense disentangled past participle disentangled 1) a) to separate something… …   English dictionary

  • disentangle — v. (D; refl., tr.) to disentangle from * * * [ˌdɪsɪn tængl] (D; refl., tr.) to disentangle from …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disentangle — dis|en|tan|gle [ˌdısınˈtæŋgəl] v [T] 1.) to separate different ideas or pieces of information that have become confused together ▪ It s very difficult to disentangle fact from fiction in what she s saying. 2.) disentangle yourself (from sb/sth)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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