de·​tach | \ di-ˈtach How to pronounce detach (audio) , dē- \
detached; detaching; detaches

Definition of detach

transitive verb

1 : to separate especially from a larger mass and usually without violence or damage

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from detach

detachability \ di-​ˌta-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce detach (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
detachable \ di-​ˈta-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce detach (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
detachably \ di-​ˈta-​chə-​blē How to pronounce detach (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of detach in a Sentence

Detach the upper part of the form and return it with your payment. During the accident the trailer was detached from the car. The brush detaches from the vacuum cleaner for easy cleaning. It can be difficult to detach yourself from the chaos of the situation. She has been trying to detach herself from an abusive relationship.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Washington Post's media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, in December offered her own advice to news organizations to detach themselves from a man who dominated their pages and airtime. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Media grapples with how to cover Trump after White House," 4 Feb. 2021 More 190,000 ceiling fans sold at The Home Depot have been recalled amid reports its blades can detach while in use and cause injury or property damage. NBC News, "Ceiling fans sold at Home Depot recalled after blades detach," 28 Dec. 2020 But the company is now bringing back MagSafe, the magnetic power adapter that means any accidental yanking of the power cable would simply detach it from the laptop rather than pull down the entire computer. Mark Gurman,, "Apple Plans Upgraded MacBook Pros With Return of Magnetic Charging," 15 Jan. 2021 That means that, like hydrogen for example, RNA bonds and will not detach from other molecules. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "It Sure Looks Like the RNA World Hypothesis Is Wrong," 29 Dec. 2020 Blades can detach while in use, posing an injury hazard. NBC News, "Ceiling fans sold at Home Depot recalled after blades detach," 28 Dec. 2020 The agency said its inspectors were present at the nuclear site to detach the agency’s seal from a cylinder containing the uranium supply. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Iran Begins Enriching Uranium to 20% Purity," 4 Jan. 2021 Target is recalling nearly 300,000 infant rompers and 181,000 infant girls' swimsuits because snaps on the clothing could break or detach and present a choking hazard to children. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Target recalls 480,000 infants' rompers, swimsuits over choking, pinching concerns," 31 Dec. 2020 The approximately 299,000 Cloud Island infant rompers that are being recalled have snaps that can break or detach, and children risk choking on or being cut by the broken snaps, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Target recalls clothes for infants and toddlers over possible choking hazard," 31 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'detach.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of detach

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for detach

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about detach

Statistics for detach

Last Updated

18 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Detach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for detach



English Language Learners Definition of detach

: to separate (something) from something larger
: to separate (yourself) from someone or something


de·​tach | \ di-ˈtach How to pronounce detach (audio) \
detached; detaching

Kids Definition of detach

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

Other Words from detach

detachable \ -​ə-​bəl \ adjective

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on detach

What made you want to look up detach? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!