detached

adjective
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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This grand estate, expected to be completed in October, features more than 6,400 square feet of living space in addition to a 500-plus-square-foot studio above the detached two-car garage. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Historic Fremont estate at The Gardens of Palmdale," 3 Sep. 2019 Via Junaita is a short, dead-end driveway lined with identical detached garages just off Avenida De Louisa in a leafy, sprawling condo complex that makes up a neighborhood off El Camino Real not far from The Shoppes at Carlsbad Mall. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man, 18, shot and wounded in Carlsbad," 12 Aug. 2019 Outdoor space: The 0.13-acre lot includes a detached, shingled garage with a matching hip roof and room for two cars. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Looking for a Beach House? It’ll Cost You," 2 Aug. 2019 The shed stands mere feet from the main house, with a detached garage a similar distance away on the other side of the structure. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "‘God brought me to them’: Neighbor alerts elderly couple to fire burning in shed behind house," 29 Aug. 2019 Both listings in the Thunderbird West neighborhood came with nearly an acre of irrigated property, but the Victorian had a captivating front porch, bay windows, a detached three-car garage and a guest house. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Couple finds the perfect Victorian home in Peoria. Take a look," 22 Aug. 2019 Hairer’s well-roundedness has proven beneficial in a field that can seem detached from reality. Quanta Magazine, "In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music," 12 Aug. 2014 The zoning amendment would, among other things, remove prohibitions on detached auxiliary dwellings on lots smaller than 1 acre and in small-lot single family zones. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Officials say it’s a common-sense zoning change. These homeowners say it’s a ‘betrayal.’," 22 July 2019 The other was for having water turned off due to a detached pipe. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "The 10 worst restaurant health scores in Jefferson County for June 2019," 2 July 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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detached

adjective

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

detached

adjective
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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