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English definition of “untangle”


verb [T]     /ʌnˈtæŋɡl/
SEPARATE to separate pieces of string , hair , wire , etc that have become twisted together: I'm trying to untangle these wires .Separating and dividing
UNDERSTAND to understand the different parts of a situation that has become confused or very complicated : Historians have tried to untangle the complex issues behind the events .Understanding and comprehending
(Definition of untangle verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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