de·tached | \ di-ˈtacht , 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 \-ˈta-chəd-lē, -ˈtacht-lē \ adverb
detachedness \-ˈta-chəd-nəs, -ˈtacht-nəs \ 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

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None of that should be read as an indication that the squad is detached and isolated, and lacking in spirit. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Dele Alli and England Drop Their Guard and Their Past," 18 June 2018 The Driver’s Seat In a back corner, a detached garage finds new life as a ceramics studio where Gimbel throws pots—mostly plant containers with bold colors and unusual shapes—that are sold at local boutiques. Sunset, "Peek Inside an Awe-Inspiring Artist’s Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 There is also a detached studio trimmed with Camellia sasanqua and nearby, a beehive. Janet Eastman,, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Upon getting to the scene, firefighters discovered the fire quickly spread to a detached three-car garage, according to Chief Benjamin Wozney. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Wilmette fire chief warns residents after cottonwood seeds spread fire that damaged home's garage," 18 June 2018 There were no injuries during a fire in a detached garage in Aurora. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "No injuries in Aurora garage fire," 11 June 2018 Bonus: There is an in-ground pool out back near the detached garage. Shannon Rooney,, "It's Shore time: Here are three Avalon stunners on the market," 28 May 2018 The councils also wanted the city to maintain a ban on detached small homes in single-family neighborhoods. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska cities, facing housing crunch, encourage backyard cottages and apartment additions," 27 June 2018 In the early 1980s, Hesselbrock suffered a detached retina. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Why one of TCU's last ties to the Southwest Conference is planning to leave the school," 20 June 2018

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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 \

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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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