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

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Other Words from detach

detachability \ di-​ˌta-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce detachability (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
detachable \ di-​ˈta-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce detachable (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
detachably \ di-​ˈta-​chə-​blē How to pronounce detachably (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Mike Pence’s reference to Soleimani’s involvement in 9/11 is as detached from reality as Emma’s vision of Roman ruins bordering a forest of tigers, camels, swans, sultans and English ladies. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned," 10 Jan. 2020 Look for a quick-release system for detaching the pack, and an adjustable pouch for carrying your rifle when in hiking mode. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Need A Pack Frame," 8 Jan. 2020 The city’s stockmarket, bond market and banking system dwarf its GDP and remain semi-detached from the local economy. The Economist, "DiscontentSocial unrest in places like Hong Kong is not proof of economic failure," 5 Dec. 2019 In the meantime, overt and covert attempts are still on today to detach the very memory of Mahabali from Onam and latch it on irrevocably to their own god. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 If the forward movement of the plot is disrupted too completely in order to accommodate a musical number, the performance tends to detach viewers from their story experience. Jeanine Basinger, The Atlantic, "Why Singin’ in the Rain Is an Almost Perfect Musical," 14 Nov. 2019 Even better, IMDb listed how Barbara wore chokers and turtlenecks during the first season to hide where her head was supposed to detach. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Phil of the Future's Raviv Ullman Talks Pheely, Reunions, and That Cliffhanger Finale," 12 Nov. 2019 But recognizing that fact is a far from being able to detach oneself from it. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Jake Skeets Finds the Beauty in Brutality," 30 Sep. 2019 Video shared by passenger Bobby Lewis showed a piece of the Boeing 737’s left engine cover appear to partially detach. Denver7, The Denver Post, "VIDEO: Engine damage forces United flight to return to Denver airport," 29 Sep. 2019

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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)

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The first known use of detach was in 1686

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Detach.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce detach (audio)

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

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to express in a more acceptable way

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