de·​tach | \ di-ˈtach How to pronounce detach (audio) , dē- \
detached; detaching; detaches

Definition of detach

transitive verb

1 : to separate especially from a larger mass and usually without violence or damage

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Other Words from detach

detachability \ di-​ˌta-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce detachability (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
detachable \ di-​ˈta-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce detachable (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
detachably \ di-​ˈta-​chə-​blē How to pronounce detachably (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of detach in a Sentence

Detach the upper part of the form and return it with your payment. During the accident the trailer was detached from the car. The brush detaches from the vacuum cleaner for easy cleaning. It can be difficult to detach yourself from the chaos of the situation. She has been trying to detach herself from an abusive relationship.
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Recent Examples on the Web Her ruling modifies a previous judge's order from the year 2000 that forbids cutting into the shipwreck or detaching any part of it. CBS News, "Radio used by Titanic to make distress calls can be salvaged despite NOAA objections, judge rules," 20 May 2020 Instastart ignition ensures push-button, matchless lighting, and a pan that catches cooking grease and detaches easily for cleaning. Kathy Passero, al, "Ready for Memorial Day? From pools to picnics, 10 great items to help you celebrate the unofficial start of summer," 15 May 2020 If everything were going up indiscriminately, that would indicate markets were fully detached. Zachary Karabell, Time, "Stocks Are Recovering While the Economy Collapses. That Makes More Sense Than You'd Think.," 29 Apr. 2020 Followers, facing mounting uncertainty, are less moved by images of new swag, and anyone posting such things can easily look detached or tone deaf. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Could the Coronavirus Kill Influencer Culture?," 14 Apr. 2020 Surveillance video from a business also showed a ladder/roof rack that might have been partially detached from the vehicle. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vehicle linked to Bay View hit-and-run death recovered," 27 Dec. 2019 Body parts are contorted or lie detached in strange places. The Economist, "Dora Maar, an overlooked star of surrealism," 3 Dec. 2019 Around the same time, the anticyclone encountered a cyclone and the lump was detached, shearing off in a shape that resembled a blade. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Jupiter's Great Red Spot is not dying, scientist says," 25 Nov. 2019 The ligaments in Dinson’s knee weren’t completely detached and the injury didn’t occur on the nerve-side, which was promising. Tom Green |, al, "4 years after devastating injury nearly ended his career, Jeremiah Dinson is better than ever," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of detach

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for detach

French détacher, from Old French destachier, from des- de- + -tachier (as in atachier to attach)

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The first known use of detach was in 1686

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Detach.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce detach (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of detach

: to separate (something) from something larger
: to separate (yourself) from someone or something


de·​tach | \ di-ˈtach How to pronounce detach (audio) \
detached; detaching

Kids Definition of detach

: to separate from something else or from others especially for a purpose The hood detaches from the jacket.

Other Words from detach

detachable \ -​ə-​bəl \ adjective

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