de·​tach | \ di-ˈtach, 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 \ -​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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During birth, most people lose about one pint of blood when the placenta is detached from the uterus. Korin Miller, SELF, "Remy Ma Is Recovering From a Blood Transfusion After Giving Birth," 20 Dec. 2018 All this helps explain why the anti-Pelosi sentiment is among a fairly marginal group of centrist Democrats who are completely detached from the anti-establishment movement on the left. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The time Nancy Pelosi saved Social Security," 21 Nov. 2018 Those participants have fretted about limited liquidity and argued that the market is detached from its economic fundamentals. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Bank of Japan’s Bond and Stock Holdings Top 100% of GDP," 13 Nov. 2018 The hypersonic vehicle that detached from the booster rocket flew for 400 seconds, achieving a maximum speed of Mach 5.5 to 6 ( 4,200 to 4,600 miles an hour) and reaching an altitude of 100,000 feet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Conducts New Hypersonic Weapon Test," 7 Aug. 2018 The Georgia countryside certainly has swaths of racial moderation and iterations of conservatism that are detached from white grievance. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "There Are Two Georgias. One Just Made History.," 23 May 2018 One big thing that’s helped me to is detach from success. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Three Groundbreaking Startup Founders on Their Key to Success," 16 Oct. 2018 Being introverted – often described as a person's comfort with various levels of stimulation and the need to detach in order to recharge one’s batteries – is a good thing. K. Lori Hanson, Ph.d., miamiherald, "10 good reasons to celebrate your 'too sensitive' child | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Beta hydroxy acids break down the bridges/bonds between the cells, while alpha hydroxy acids cause the cells themselves to detach/release. Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, "#BeautySchool: What Your Skin Is Doing While You Sleep," 14 Dec. 2015

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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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