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)
to escape from a difficult situation that you are involved in
She had just disentangled herself from a long relationship.
3.) to remove knots from ropes, strings etc that have become twisted or tied together
4.) to separate something from the things that are twisted around it

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — [[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 …   English 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.