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

transitive verb

: to detach from association : dissociate
disassociation 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 As per Reuters, franchises in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Turkey quickly issued statements disassociating themselves from Israel’s actions. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2024 United Agents was quick to disassociate itself from the social media shares by Laing, who represents comedy writers, actors and sketch comedy artists like Michelle Asante, Jamie Demetriou, Jack Brett Anderson, and Dan Harry and Ollie King. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Oct. 2023 Hypnosis can promote relaxation, help people disassociate from pain, and change perceptions of pain (such as perceiving contractions as your body's strength rather than as pain). Kristi Pahr, Parents, 3 Oct. 2023 This led to Cumulus Media disassociating with the conference, which later led to Podcast Movement again apologizing. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 28 Aug. 2023 As part of the sanction, Bush had to disassociate from the school for 10 years. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 23 Aug. 2023 Since that lowest of points, Chris Young has disassociated the Rangers from the wreckage. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 19 July 2023 Why shouldn't employees and customers expect corporate leaders in all sectors to disassociate themselves from organizations whose rigid ideologies and pursuit of self-interest have led us into an antiscientific dead end? Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 1 July 2020 As a result, McCoard argued, archaeologists in the state have been allowed to disassociate ancestral human remains from living people without much opposition. AZCentral.com, 5 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disassociate was in 1598

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“Disassociate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disassociate. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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