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un·tan·gle

(ŭn-tăng′gəl)
tr.v. un·tan·gled, un·tan·gling, un·tan·gles
1. To free from a tangle; disentangle. See Synonyms at extricate.
2. To straighten out (something puzzling or complicated); clarify or resolve: The accountant was unable to untangle the company's finances.

untangle

(ʌnˈtæŋɡəl)
vb (tr)
1. to free from a tangled condition
2. to free from perplexity or confusion

un•tan•gle

(ʌnˈtæŋ gəl)

v.t. -gled, -gling.
1. to bring out of a tangled state; disentangle; unsnarl.
2. to straighten out or clear up (something confused or perplexing).
[1540–50]

untangle


Past participle: untangled
Gerund: untangling

Imperative
untangle
untangle
Present
I untangle
you untangle
he/she/it untangles
we untangle
you untangle
they untangle
Preterite
I untangled
you untangled
he/she/it untangled
we untangled
you untangled
they untangled
Present Continuous
I am untangling
you are untangling
he/she/it is untangling
we are untangling
you are untangling
they are untangling
Present Perfect
I have untangled
you have untangled
he/she/it has untangled
we have untangled
you have untangled
they have untangled
Past Continuous
I was untangling
you were untangling
he/she/it was untangling
we were untangling
you were untangling
they were untangling
Past Perfect
I had untangled
you had untangled
he/she/it had untangled
we had untangled
you had untangled
they had untangled
Future
I will untangle
you will untangle
he/she/it will untangle
we will untangle
you will untangle
they will untangle
Future Perfect
I will have untangled
you will have untangled
he/she/it will have untangled
we will have untangled
you will have untangled
they will have untangled
Future Continuous
I will be untangling
you will be untangling
he/she/it will be untangling
we will be untangling
you will be untangling
they will be untangling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been untangling
you have been untangling
he/she/it has been untangling
we have been untangling
you have been untangling
they have been untangling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been untangling
you will have been untangling
he/she/it will have been untangling
we will have been untangling
you will have been untangling
they will have been untangling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been untangling
you had been untangling
he/she/it had been untangling
we had been untangling
you had been untangling
they had been untangling
Conditional
I would untangle
you would untangle
he/she/it would untangle
we would untangle
you would untangle
they would untangle
Past Conditional
I would have untangled
you would have untangled
he/she/it would have untangled
we would have untangled
you would have untangled
they would have untangled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.untangle - release from entanglement of difficultyuntangle - release from entanglement of difficulty; "I cannot extricate myself from this task"
disengage, free - free or remove obstruction from; "free a path across the cluttered floor"
2.untangle - become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads ofuntangle - become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of; "unravel the thread"
undo - cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect; "I wish I could undo my actions"

untangle

verb
1. disentangle, unravel, sort out, extricate, straighten out, untwist, unsnarl trying to untangle several reels of film
disentangle tangle, muddle, snarl, jumble, entangle, enmesh
2. solve, clear up, straighten out, understand, explain, figure out (informal), clarify, unravel, fathom, get to the bottom of, elucidate, suss out (informal), puzzle out Lawyers began trying to untangle the complex affairs of the bank.
solve confuse, complicate, muddle, puzzle

untangle

verb
To free from an entanglement:
Translations
يَفُك الخُيوط المُتَشابِكَه
rozplést
greiîa úr flækju
atšķetināt
rozpliesť

untangle

[ˈʌnˈtæŋgl] VTdesenredar, desenmarañar

untangle

[ʌnˈtæŋgəl] vt
(= disentangle) [+ knots, hair, string, cable] → démêler
(= sort out) [+ affairs, problem] → dénouer, débrouiller

untangle

vt (lit, fig)entwirren

untangle

[ʌnˈtæŋgl] vt (knots, wool) → sbrogliare

untangle

(anˈtӕŋgl) verb
to take (eg string, thread etc) out of its tangled condition; to disentangle. She tried to untangle her hair.
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