de·tach | \ di-ˈtach , dē- \

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 \-ˌta-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
detachable \-ˈta-chə-bəl \ adjective
detachably \-blē \ 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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Plot twist: The tank detaches from the boat and floats to the bottom of the ocean, where the sisters contend with circling sharks and a dwindling oxygen supply., "These Terrifying Movies Will Ruin Your Beach Vacation," 11 June 2018 The notion that an NBA general manager would think this way about a player who had spent the previous four months establishing himself as a consensus future superstar is almost too detached from reality to take seriously. David Murphy,, "The big problem for Sixers and Bryan Colangelo: Perception matters | David Murphy," 30 May 2018 His plan is to transform a portion of Toronto’s Film Studio District, a sleepy industrial park that feels detached from the city, into a vibrant and hip community with amenities to support the industry. Erik Heinrich,, "Toronto has been a film and TV hub for decades. Now Guillermo del Toro may give the Canadian city an edge," 12 July 2018 Firth’s co-workers called 911 and detached the spear from the loader using a heat torch. Maria Pasquini,, "Father, 43, Survives Being Impaled by Huge Metal Spear," 12 July 2018 Care and attention Say goodbye to dentists who feel cold, detached or unkind. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 And then a small sliver of the wood detached with a loud crack. Paul Collins,, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 Both are very good receivers and can line up detached from the formation in the pass game., "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 He was supposed to detach his hang glider from a tow cable drawn by a truck to start an airborne comedy routine when the glider descended faster than expected and crashed, the National Transportation Safety Board said. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Comedy routine that went awry led to pilot's death at Mountain Home airshow, report says," 26 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of detach

: to separate (something) from something larger

: to separate (yourself) from someone or something


de·tach | \ di-ˈtach \
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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