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 \ -​ˌta-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce detachability (audio) \ noun
detachable \ -​ˈta-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce detachable (audio) \ adjective
detachably \ -​blē How to pronounce detachably (audio) \ 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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In fact, campgrounds are the neighborhoods of our youth where kids can detach from technology and spend their days outdoors. Fox News, "How to get started with your own family-friendly RV adventure," 15 Aug. 2018 This is another costly fantasy detached from the real-world use case, engineered to plunder the pockets of the naive. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: More Car Than Anyone Could Ever Enjoy," 5 Dec. 2018 Half of the jewels in the 50-piece collection can be detached and refastened in various ways, conventional or not. Vogue, "Chanel’s New High Jewelry Collection Celebrates the Camellia—Coco’s Signature Fleur," 17 Jan. 2019 The top of the dryer then detaches to add the styling pieces: two 1.2-inch barrels (for fine and coarse hair), two 1.6-inch barrels and a firm brush for coarse hair, and a soft and round brush for fine hair. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Dyson Made a $500 Dryer That Literally Curls Your Hair for You," 9 Oct. 2018 In her post-show blogs, too, Radziwill’s writing has turned from melancholic, serene, and detached, to pointed and defensive., "Carole Radziwill Doesn't Care If She's Your Favorite Real Housewife," 11 June 2018 At the conclusion of the 30-day mission, the capsule would detach from the airship and transport the astronauts back into orbit around Venus. NBC News, "NASA has a plan to let humans soar above the clouds on Venus," 5 June 2018 For nine seasons, Seinfeld helped set the dominant comic tone of the decade: an adolescent version of ironic distance, detached, insincere and emotion-free. Robert Bianco, USA TODAY, "What USA TODAY said about the 'Seinfeld' series finale 20 years ago," 14 May 2018 And those that do detach can be easy to reinstall or require an engineering degree to get it back on. Becky Scott, Woman's Day, "Choosing the Right Child's Car Seat," 5 Nov. 2010

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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 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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