Definition of disentangle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    disentangle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disentangle
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    he / she / it disentangles
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡlz//
     
    past simple disentangled
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    past participle disentangled
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    -ing form disentangling
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1disentangle something (from something) to separate different arguments, ideas, etc. that have become confused It's not easy to disentangle the truth from the official statistics. It is important to disentangle all the factors that may be causing your stress. trying to disentangle fact from fiction
  2. 2disentangle something/somebody (from something) to free somebody/something from something that has become wrapped or twisted around it or them He tried to disentangle his fingers from her hair. (figurative) She has just disentangled herself from a painful relationship.
  3. 3disentangle something to get rid of the twists and knots in something He was sitting on the deck disentangling a coil of rope.
  4. compare entangle
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