Simple Definition of disengage
: to separate from someone or something
: to stop being involved with a person or group : to stop taking part in something
: to move (a mechanism or part of a machine) so that it no longer fits into another part
Examples of disengage
The two dancers moved together in a series of quick movements before disengaging and leaping apart.
Put the car in gear, and then slowly disengage the clutch while pressing on the gas pedal.
If there is a malfunction, the gears will automatically disengage.
Origin of disengage
French désengager, from Middle French, from des- dis- + engager to engage
First Known Use: 1611
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