disentangle

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dis- +‎ entangle

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  • IPA(key): [ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡəɫ]

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disentangle (third-person singular simple present disentangles, present participle disentangling, simple past and past participle disentangled)

  1. (transitive) To free something from entanglement; to extricate or unknot.
    I had to disentangle him from his own shoelaces.
  2. (transitive) To unravel; to separate into discrete components or units.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “A multitude of ‘lishes’: The nomenclature of hybridity”, in English World-Wide[1], page 10:
      This overlapping is reflective of hybrid languages, where certain features (phonetic, orthographic, semantic, syntactic) are also difficult to disentangle.
  3. (intransitive) To become free or untangled.

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