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The word ‘disentangle’ can be used in both a literal and figurative way. Literally, it means to free somebody or something from something they are entangled with, such as a cord or string. In a figurative sense, the term is used to express making a complicated or confusing situation easier to comprehend or manage by separating components or breaking them down.
The computer cables and those from the other electrical appliances on my desk are all entwined. It is going to be a difficult task to disentangle them.
Tom so often takes liberties with the truth in his reports that when I read them I have to try and disentangle fact from fiction.
One of the stated goals of the new government is for a total disentanglement from international conventions which they feel have limited their country’s ability to grow.