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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web After liftoff, the rocket will tear past the speed of sound, and near the top of its flight path, will detach from the capsule. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 21 Mar. 2022 The cord will automatically detach when it's pulled for any reason, instead of dragging the entire pot to the floor. Bre Richey,, 5 Mar. 2021 The front-row driver and passenger seat power head restraint cushion may detach from the head restraint assembly when adjusted to the full forward position. Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2022 The front-row driver and passenger seat power head restraint cushion may detach from the head restraint assembly when adjusted to the full forward position. USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 GE Appliances is recalling six models of free-standing French door refrigerators sold nationwide because of handles that may detach, posing a fall risk to those trying to pull the freezer doors open. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 18 Apr. 2022 The spiders would anchor themselves to the ground with a drag line during this process and detach themselves only after the parachute began to carry them off. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 Barr Allen, who is a new mother and moved to Mill Valley from San Francisco during the pandemic, comes in a few days a week as a way to detach from the blend of work and home life that has become her day-to-day routine. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Feb. 2022 If ever there was a time to detach from your watch, winter is it. Outside Online, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Detach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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