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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Recent Examples on the Web

The sharks bit Lindsey on the arms, legs and buttocks and detached her right arm, KABC-TV reported. The Washington Post, nola.com, "American woman killed by sharks in the Bahamas," 29 June 2019 The sharks bit Lindsey on the arms, legs and buttocks and detached her right arm, KABC-TV reported. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "American woman killed by 3 sharks in the Bahamas," 28 June 2019 The sharks bit Lindsey in the arms, legs and buttocks and detached her right arm, KABC-TV reported. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "California college student killed by 3 sharks while snorkeling in the Bahamas," 27 June 2019 She was sent back to MetroHealth, where doctors found her retina had detached. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Woman left blind after fall at Cuyahoga County Jail, poor medical treatment, lawsuit says," 13 June 2019 And Bonnie, who comes into focus, is withdrawn and detached as ever from the women and her husband. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "‘Big Little Lies’ cast wants Season 2 to encourage women to unite and ‘make mistakes together’," 7 June 2019 That driver was able to prevent the fire from spreading to his cab by detaching the trailer, state police said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "State police release details of fiery, double-fatal crash on I-84 that closed highway for 13 hours," 4 June 2019 If the molecule detaches too early during this signaling cascade, everything has to start over from step one. Quanta Magazine, "Immune Cells Measure Time to Identify Foreign Proteins," 3 June 2019 Pros and Cons of a Touchscreen Many of these touchscreen laptops are 2-in-1 devices, meaning their screens flip or keyboards detach to turn them into a tablet. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Touchscreen Laptops of 2019," 30 Apr. 2019

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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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