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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, in addition to 5,000 square feet in the detached collector’s garage, attached to the house are three normal garage bays. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "110-acre Howell Township property comes with timber-frame home, ponds, collector's garage," 10 Oct. 2020 There’s also a full apartment above the detached garage, and a backyard complete with a flagstone patio on the 0.24-acre lot. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at this historic, five-bedroom Tudor-style home in Kessler Park," 7 Oct. 2020 The detached garage can be used as additional storage space or a hobby area. oregonlive, "On the market: Portland homes with 4 bedrooms under $750,000," 26 Sep. 2020 Police and firefighters responded to the blaze in the 6900 block of N. Morgan Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. that burned down the detached garage and totaled three vehicles inside, according to police. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Police: Suspected arson levels garage at home with 'Trump 2020' sign," 23 Sep. 2020 For remote workers—or families with more than one person working at home—a detached structure in the backyard can provide some privacy and separation between work and home., "Simple tips to liven up your backyard while sheltering-in-place," 16 Sep. 2020 But by the point August turned into September, the drumbeat of California’s environmental anomalies had grown so horrid and relentless that not even the professionals could stay detached. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, "The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now. Just Look at California’s Weekend.," 9 Sep. 2020 The home, according to online records owned by William Godfrey, 83, was the scene of two fires, both involving two vehicles and a detached garage Murn set ablaze. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I was engulfed in flames': Waukesha woman set on fire describes her pain in complaint against man charged in 2 attacks," 4 Sep. 2020 Mander said Tarrant had shown no empathy toward his victims and remained detached and self-centered. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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16 Oct 2020

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“Detached.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce detached (audio)

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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