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

     

    untangle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they untangle
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡl//
     
    he / she / it untangles
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡlz//
     
    past simple untangled
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    past participle untangled
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡld//
     
    -ing form untangling
    BrE BrE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌʌnˈtæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair
     
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  1. 1untangle something (from something) to undo string, hair, wire, etc. that has become twisted or has knots in it Can you untangle all those cables on the floor? She tried to untangle her skirt from the wire fence. See related entries: Styling hair
  2. 2untangle something to make something that is complicated or confusing easier to deal with or understand It will not be easy to untangle his financial affairs. It’s difficult to untangle all the local bureaucracy and regulations.
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