Definition of disambiguate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisamˈbiɡyəˌwāt/


[with object]
Remove uncertainty of meaning from (an ambiguous sentence, phrase, or other linguistic unit).
Example sentences
  • Nonetheless, when text is read, the absence of a vowel is a cue to retrieve the semantic context so as to disambiguate opaque words that are ambiguous.
  • Interestingly, when creating the spirituality and health thesaurus, I thought we were disambiguating terms until we did the indexing pilot study.
  • Unless you are using it to disambiguate items in a list, a semicolon should be used only between independent clauses - that is, clauses that can stand as complete sentences on their own.



Pronunciation: /-ˌbiɡyo͞oˈāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The imperfections of polysemy analyses have not deterred computational linguists from attempting to devise algorithms for disambiguation and sense selection.
  • Her research in computational linguistics includes work in the areas of word-sense disambiguation and discourse analysis, where she has published numerous papers over the past 15 years.
  • These kinds of approaches do not use multiagent architectures and instead target complex knowledge representation and sophisticated meaning disambiguation.

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Syllabification: dis·am·big·u·ate

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