detach

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verb de·tach \di-ˈtach, dē-\

Definition of detach

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to separate especially from a larger mass and usually without violence or damage

  3. 2 :  disengage, withdraw

detachability

play \-ˌta-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

detachable

play \-ˈta-chə-bəl\ adjective

detachably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of detach in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of detach

French détacher, from Old French destachier, from des- de- + -tachier (as in atachier to attach)


First Known Use: 1686


DETACH Defined for English Language Learners

detach

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verb

Definition of detach for English Language Learners

  • : to separate (something) from something larger

  • : to separate (yourself) from someone or something


DETACH Defined for Kids

detach

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verb de·tach \di-ˈtach\

Definition of detach for Students

detached

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detaching

  1. :  to separate from something else or from others especially for a purpose The hood detaches from the jacket.

detachable

\-ə-bəl\ adjective


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