Definition of disentangle in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Free (something or someone) from an entanglement; extricate.

    ‘“I must go,” she said, disentangling her fingers from Gabriel's’
    figurative ‘it was often difficult to disentangle fact from fiction’
    • ‘Unfortunately she could not disentangle herself from the rope as the knots were out of reach.’
    • ‘Austin stopped moving and slowly disentangled Kyle's sticky little hands from his hair.’
    • ‘After disentangling it from around his front sprocket he fought back over the day's remaining test to claim victory.’
    • ‘I would like to whizz down but I keep getting my hair caught so I have to stop, swearing as I disentangle it.’
    • ‘Apologies for the somewhat evident lack of focus, I was trying to decide whether I should take the picture or disentangle the cat from the tree… I did neither successfully!’
    • ‘I reached up and disentangled a bright red bra from my hair.’
    • ‘She screamed, wrenching a sizable twig out of her hair and hurling it at him, after disentangling herself from what must have been the twentieth or so bramble thicket.’
    • ‘‘The members are greatly helped by the formation of this group as we get a steady income now,’ she says as she triumphantly disentangles the weed from the nets.’
    • ‘Haul immediately disentangled his rapier from the person's sai with a twist of his hand, and continued their fight.’
    • ‘As she rises from a low chair at which she has been playing the clavichord, she disentangles the folds in the capacious dress which emphasises her tiny form.’
    • ‘Growling deep in his throat, he disentangled himself from her hair and rose to his feet quickly.’
    • ‘I was laughing hysterically as he disentangled himself from it and tackled me in the sand.’
    • ‘She starts trying to untangle herself, but every time she manages to successfully get some part of her clothing or hair disentangled, something else gets stuck.’
    • ‘He threw his arms around her waist, and she placed a hand on his silky hair for a moment before disentangling herself gently.’
    • ‘One by one, he disentangled the fish caught by their gills in his net.’
    • ‘DNA is found in every cell of every living thing, but it is difficult to get it out and disentangle the DNA from the protein inside the cells.’
    extricate, extract, free, remove, disengage, untwine, disentwine, release, liberate, loosen, unloose, detach, unfasten, unclasp, disconnect
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    1. 1.1 Remove knots or tangles from (wool, rope, or hair)
      ‘Allen was on his knees disentangling a coil of rope’
      • ‘She giggled and blushed, becoming less frightened and more excited as their hands moved from disentangling her hair to caressing her sensitive skin with their hands.’
      • ‘Ava asked, gently disentangling her untamed red hair.’
      • ‘Kara reached for the brush and started disentangling her hair, thinking about it.’
      • ‘That is the process of your work - disentangling the string and reworking it into a meaningful tapestry.’
      untangle, unravel, remove the knots from, unknot, unsnarl, untwist, unwind, undo, untie, straighten out, smooth out
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