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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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 The unicorn firework could also be a choking hazard as its small horn detaches. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "North Carolina fire department warns fireworks inside children's toys are being sold in town," 3 July 2018 This audit was prompted by the loss of a classified satellite that was built by Northrop Grumman and apparently did not detach as expected from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was supposed to carry it into orbit. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "If NASA can overcome human error and other problems, its James Webb Space Telescope may finally launch in 2021," 27 June 2018 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in October began probing complaints of loose steering wheels in Ford Fusion sedans, including a report of one detaching while a motorist attempted to turn into a gas station. Mike Spector, WSJ, "Ford Recalls 1.4 Million Cars for Steering Wheels that Risk Detaching," 14 Mar. 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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