disentangle

When you disentangle something, you free it from a snarl or tangle. If you have long hair and pierced ears, you've probably had to disentangle an earring from a curl of hair.

Something that becomes tangled or twisted needs someone to disentangle it — you might disentangle your kitten from a length of yarn, or disentangle your jacket from a thorny bush when you're hiking through the woods. You can also disentangle someone figuratively, helping them get out of an uncomfortable or difficult situation. Tangle is at the heart of disentangle, from the fourteenth century word tagilen, "to involve in a difficult situation."

Definitions of disentangle
1

v separate the tangles of

Synonyms:
unwind
Types:
roll out, straighten
straighten by unrolling
uncoil
unwind or untwist
Type of:
undo
cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect

v extricate from entanglement

“Can you disentangle the cord?”
Synonyms:
straighten out, unsnarl
Antonyms:
entangle, mat, snarl, tangle
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
Types:
loosen, tease, tease apart
disentangle and raise the fibers of
ravel, ravel out, unravel
disentangle
Type of:
order
bring order to or into

v free from involvement or entanglement

“How can I disentangle myself from her personal affairs?”
Synonyms:
disembroil, disinvolve
Type of:
discharge, free
free from obligations or duties

v release from entanglement of difficulty

Synonyms:
disencumber, extricate, untangle
Type of:
disengage, free
free or remove obstruction from

v smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb

Synonyms:
comb, comb out
Types:
sleek down, slick, slick down
give a smooth and glossy appearance
fluff, tease
ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
Type of:
groom, neaten
care for one's external appearance

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