detach


de·tach

verb \di-ˈtach, dē-\

: to separate (something) from something larger

: to separate (yourself) from someone or something

Full Definition of DETACH

transitive verb
1
:  to separate especially from a larger mass and usually without violence or damage
2
de·tach·abil·i·ty \-ˌta-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
de·tach·able \-ˈta-chə-bəl\ adjective
de·tach·ably \-blē\ adverb

Examples of DETACH

  1. Detach the upper part of the form and return it with your payment.
  2. During the accident the trailer was detached from the car.
  3. The brush detaches from the vacuum cleaner for easy cleaning.
  4. It can be difficult to detach yourself from the chaos of the situation.
  5. She has been trying to detach herself from an abusive relationship.

Origin of DETACH

French détacher, from Old French destachier, from des- de- + -tachier (as in atachier to attach)
First Known Use: 1686

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