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 straighten out; as, to disentangle a skein of yarn. [1913 Webster]

2. To extricate from complication and perplexity; disengage from embarrassing connection or intermixture; to disembroil; to set free; to separate. [1913 Webster]

To disentangle truth from error. --Stewart. [1913 Webster]

To extricate and disentangle themselves out of this labyrinth. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

A mind free and disentangled from all corporeal mixtures. --Bp. Stillingfleet.

Syn: To loose; extricate; disembarrass; disembroil; clear; evolve; disengage; separate; detach. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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