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 Burke recently disassociated his partnership with his firm the same day a federal indictment was made public against a real estate developer that alleged the developer steered legal work to Burke in exchange for help at City Hall. Juan Perez Jr., chicagotribune.com, "A new city ethics ruling offers a warning to Chicago City Council members who also work as attorneys," 13 Sep. 2019 An investigation in 2019 claimed that in Germany many veterans felt ignored and disassociated from society to the point of suicide as a result of the negative public perception of the German military that had developed throughout the 20th century. Simon Harold Walker, Time, "If We Want to Address the Crisis of Veteran Suicide, We Must Acknowledge Its History," 6 Sep. 2019 Anything older that has been disassociated with the original user — including audio files, transcripts, the user’s location when the request was made and performance statistics — can be used for Apple’s improvement of Siri and dictation. Hannah Denham, Washington Post, "‘Alexa, delete what I just said’: How to manage voice recordings on your smart devices," 12 Aug. 2019 His affiliation with the KKK was well established long ago, as were his attempts to disassociate from the organization later. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: Stapleton will keep its tainted name, here’s how we can live with that decision," 27 Aug. 2019 Instead, the user will simply have the option to disassociate the information from his or her account. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Facebook finally rolls out privacy tool for your browsing history," 20 Aug. 2019 She was promptly accused of cultural appropriation for using the centuries-old term in a way that’s completely disassociated from its Japanese roots. Christie D'zurilla, latimes.com, "Kim Kardashian defends Kimono brand and says she won’t change the name," 28 June 2019 Fearing a backlash Pocari’s mainland offices in Tianjin and Guangdong disassociated themselves from the Hong Kong branch. The Economist, "Taking sides in Hong Kong’s protests presents opportunities for firms," 18 July 2019 One comes away from the documentary with the impression that this was an intense and highly emotional relationship for Carter, but also one that was highly disassociated from reality. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Did Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy III Meet?," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of disassociate

1598, in the meaning defined above

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22 Sep 2019

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The first known use of disassociate was in 1598

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