detach

verb
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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McKnight said Barbie has 90 percent name awareness globally, which is one of those free-floating statistics that comes detached from any details: Awareness among girls? Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The fashion industry gave Barbie an award. Does she really deserve one?," 4 June 2019 But its makers, who were contracted by the Gates Foundation to develop this model, also had modern design in mind: A sleek, black-and-white prototype includes a touchpad for the flush and a container that can be detached to dump out excess water. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Flush With Ideas: Bill Gates Pursues the Toilet of the Future," 9 Nov. 2018 As the large satellite deployed by NanoRacks begins to orbit Earth, two smaller satellites will detach and be used as artificial targets. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Largest satellite to date deployed from International Space Station," 20 June 2018 With laboratory wiring and piping hoisted into the ceiling, researchers can easily detach equipment and reconfigure space for new research. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Lilly opens new building; officials thank Trump tax cuts," 29 June 2018 This notion of double consciousness in Big becomes a necessary element of attempting to appear innocent and detach himself from his wrongdoing. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019 Psychosis is a state of becoming detached from reality. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 The Oculus Quest is less powerful, sure, but detaching the cord makes a huge difference. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: The $399 Oculus Rift S kicks off the next gen of PC-based VR by appealing to the masses," 20 Mar. 2019 Both involved an engine fan blade that had detached. Jason Hanna And Steve Almasy, CNN, "This wasn't the first time a Southwest jet lost a fan blade in its engine," 18 Apr. 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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More Definitions for detach

detach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of detach

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

detach

verb
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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