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 detached (audio) , dē-​ , -​ˈtacht-​lē \ adverb
detachedness \ di-​ˈta-​chəd-​nəs How to pronounce detached (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 No one was injured, but the detached garage and its contents were a total loss, said Greenfield Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief Tom Konieczka. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four Milwaukee area departments battled a garage fire in Greenfield; crews declare the structure a total loss," 14 Apr. 2021 The detached two-car garage has an unfinished room on the second level., "Home of the Week: The trout don’t want you to buy this Maine lodge," 2 Apr. 2021 There are even a fire pit and a haunting mural along the side of the detached garage. Sarah Midkiff,, "For Only $225,000, You Can Live Out Your Goth Funeral Home Fantasies," 30 Mar. 2021 The driveway leading to the detached two-car garage is new, too. cleveland, "Renovated 1915 Lakewood home strikes balance between modern and classic: House of the Week," 19 Mar. 2021 Investigators learned Ecklund sometimes stayed at a residence on the southeast side of St. Cloud; while executing a search warrant at the residence, officials found blood in a detached garage. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, "St. Cloud man accused of killing man, dumping body by airport," 16 Mar. 2021 Built in 2000, the waterfront home has five bedrooms, seven baths, a state-of-the-art movie theater — complete with concession stand and ticket counter — and a detached guest house. Robyn A. Friedman,, "Boca mansion is hybrid of Spanish, Italian and Moroccan design," 25 Feb. 2021 Drexel Drive is close to Armstrong Elementary School and features a large primary suite and a detached guest house. Dallas News, "Firm again leads sales in the Park Cities," 24 Jan. 2021 Phoenix firefighters responded to a report of a garage fire at a house near Central Avenue and Indian School Road and found a detached garage with a fire at the rear of the property, officials said. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Man hospitalized in extremely critical condition after Phoenix garage fire," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Detached.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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