dis·​as·​so·​ci·​ate | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈsō-sē-ˌāt How to pronounce disassociate (audio) , -shē- \
disassociated; disassociating; disassociates

Definition of disassociate

transitive verb

: to detach from association : dissociate

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Other Words from disassociate

disassociation \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˌsō-​sē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce disassociation (audio) , -​shē-​ \ noun

Examples of disassociate in a Sentence

the company tried to disassociate itself from the rest of the industry, which is widely viewed as corrupt
Recent Examples on the Web The organization placed severe sanctions on the university, which had to disassociate itself with one of its most celebrated athletes. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Reggie Bush: Relaxed NIL rules would have been ‘life changing’ during his time at USC," 10 May 2020 Several signs suggest that recent allegations against the wide receiver served as a catalyst for why the world’s largest sneaker seller would want to disassociate itself from Brown. BostonGlobe.com, "A spokesperson for Nike said Wednesday night, “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.”," 20 Sep. 2019 Vanessa is both a smothering presence and a troubling void, a narrator who often feels disassociated from her own story. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Controversial Novel That Immerses Readers in Teen Abuse," 25 Mar. 2020 Associates including Prince Andrew would be forced to disassociate themselves from the millionaire. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Disney star Cameron Boyce dies at age 20: 9 notable people who passed in 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 The four other children of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt disassociated themselves from the work. BostonGlobe.com, "His lists also included William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” (1962), many US editions of Simone de Beauvoir and much of Art Buchwald’s humor.," 21 Nov. 2019 The four other children of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt disassociated themselves from the work. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Walter J. Minton, Publisher Who Defied Censors, Dies at 96," 20 Nov. 2019 Kanye West and the Sunday Service collective should be disassociated with such claims surrounding the food at the event. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "‘Leave Ye alone’: The woman behind that sad photo of Kanye West’s $55 ‘Brunchella’ doesn’t blame him," 4 Nov. 2019 Bush’s return highlights the dance U.S.C. has had to perform in permanently disassociating from him, as N.C.A.A. penalties mandated in 2010 after Bush was found to have violated the organization’s amateurism rules. New York Times, "In Pac-12 Football: Empty Seats, TV Woes and Recruiting Gaps," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of disassociate

1598, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2020

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“Disassociate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disassociate. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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