from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free from a tangle; disentangle. See Synonyms at extricate.
- transitive v. To straighten out (something puzzling or complicated); clarify or resolve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove tangles or knots.
- v. To remove confusion or mystery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To loose from tangles or intricacy; to disentangle; to resolve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To loose from tangles or intricacy; disentangle; hence, to free from embarrassment, doubt, or uncertainty; resolve; clear up; explain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. release from entanglement of difficulty
- v. become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
My reticence and my use of the word "untangle" is based on this:
Alas, our surveys cannot allow us to untangle the causal pathways here.
By testing the impact of all the relevant factors simultaneously, we can be sure that one is not standing in for another; thus we untangle the many influences on congregational diversity.
Front liners are unable to untangle this web, despite protestations by many with an informed and accurate perspective at the coal face.
Front line police officers are unable to untangle this web, despite protestations by many with an informed and accurate perspective and experience at the sharp end.
While the majority of residents are convinced that life in that potential new state will be a vast improvement over that in a united Sudan, just how the two nations will untangle their economies and political allegiances remains to be seen.
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Words sprang into my head and the lines seemed familiar, like something I had said many times before: O time, thou must untangle this knot, not I.
Under the best of circumstances, winding down a civil war is a tricky business, but the vested interests between these warring parties had created a Gordian knot that most people in the State Department thought would be impossible to untangle.
In sech knots it'd take the camp half a day to untangle me.