de·​tached | \ di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio) , dē-\

Definition of detached

1 : standing by itself : separate, unconnected especially : not sharing any wall with another building a house with a detached garage
2 : exhibiting an aloof objectivity usually free from prejudice or self-interest a detached observer

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Other Words from detached

detachedly \ di-​ˈta-​chəd-​lē How to pronounce detachedly (audio) , dē-​ , -​ˈtacht-​lē \ adverb
detachedness \ di-​ˈta-​chəd-​nəs How to pronounce detachedness (audio) , -​ˈtacht-​nəs , dē-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for detached

indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached, disinterested mean not showing or feeling interest. indifferent implies neutrality of attitude from lack of inclination, preference, or prejudice. indifferent to the dictates of fashion unconcerned suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles. unconcerned about the homeless incurious implies an inability to take a normal interest due to dullness of mind or to self-centeredness. incurious about the world aloof suggests a cool reserve arising from a sense of superiority or disdain for inferiors or from shyness. aloof from his coworkers detached implies an objective attitude achieved through absence of prejudice or selfishness. observed family gatherings with detached amusement disinterested implies a circumstantial freedom from concern for personal or especially financial advantage that enables one to judge or advise without bias. judged by a panel of disinterested observers

Examples of detached in a Sentence

The house has a detached garage. a detached observer at company parties, taking it all in and saying very little

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Additional features include a detached single-car garage and inviting front entry and porch. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home in Montclair," 15 July 2019 In addition to the 1920s home of 1,200 square feet, the property contains a detached garage that's been fashioned into a soundproof music studio. Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: Sound investments," 13 July 2019 One of the five bedrooms is in a detached guest suite with a separate entrance. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Laguna Beach Home With Secluded Swimming Cove Asks $35 Million," 11 July 2019 Loepfe said a secondary detached garage is allowed, with restrictions. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new eight-lot subdivision is coming to the town of Merton," 27 June 2019 Police released body-camera footage that showed the moment the suspect opened fire on the officers who knocked on the door of a detached garage, mortally injuring O’Sullivan and prompting an hours-long standoff. Lauren Hernández,, "Father of slain Sacramento police officer defends department’s rescue effort," 25 June 2019 In another case, Valerie Bryan of Northeast Portland tore down her underused garage and built a detached, 687-square-foot ADU to house out-of-town family and friends, and use as an Airbnb while increasing the value of her property. Janet Eastman,, "'Backdoor Revolution': Little houses are coming to your street (photos)," 23 Jan. 2018 One fire happened Tuesday at a detached garage and apartment in the 2300 block of South Hayes Street in Arlington. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Three people hurt in two separate fires in Northern Virginia," 2 July 2019 The dispute is over a 15-foot by 99-foot sliver that includes part of a detached garage and part of a pool. Ryan Gillespie,, "‘Goliath vs. Goliath’: How a sliver of land and a fence has pit Bags Inc. founder vs. Deutsche Bank," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of detached

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for detached

see detach

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The first known use of detached was circa 1706

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English Language Learners Definition of detached

: not emotional : not influenced by emotions or personal interest
: not joined or connected : separate from another part or thing


de·​tached | \ di-ˈtacht How to pronounce detached (audio) \

Kids Definition of detached

1 : not joined or connected : separate a detached garage
2 : not taking sides or being influenced by others They wanted the opinion of a detached judge.

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