dis·con·nect | \ˌdis-kə-ˈnekt \

Definition of disconnect 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to sever the connection of or between

2 : dissociate sense 1 are disconnected from meaningful relationships

intransitive verb

1 : to terminate a connection

2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods



Definition of disconnect (Entry 2 of 2)

: a lack of or a break in connection, consistency, or agreement a huge disconnect … between the nation's capital and the rest of the country— R. J. Samuelson

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Other Words from disconnect


disconnection \-ˈnek-shən \ noun

Examples of disconnect in a Sentence


The hose and faucet had been disconnected. Disconnect the old printer and connect the new one. The alarm system had been disconnected. Before starting, be sure to disconnect the power supply. Our landlord threatened to disconnect our electricity. We were talking on the phone but suddenly we got disconnected.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There is some sort of disconnect between physical illness and emotional struggles that people just cannot get together. Mike Faist, Time, "How One Woman’s Suicide Attempt Inspired This Actor’s Performance in Dear Evan Hansen," 14 May 2018 That disconnect between men and women makes no sense to me. USA TODAY, "Read an excerpt from Joanne Lipman's new book, 'That's What She Said'," 24 Jan. 2018 But nearly 70% of employees still don’t disconnect from work email or communications while on vacation. Rachel King, Fortune, "This Is the Number One Reason Why People Don't Unplug From Work While on Vacation," 11 July 2018 In addition to allowing people to text 911, Fulton County will automatically call back a number that dials 911 and is disconnected, including before anyone answers. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities," 6 July 2018 After years or even decades in prison, inmates often are disconnected from their families, have no place to live, lack relevant job skills, and need counseling for addiction or mental-health problems. Jared Kushner, WSJ, "Trump’s ‘Forgotten Men and Women’ Include Prisoners," 24 Apr. 2018 Utilities to four homes located near the largest sinkhole were disconnected as a safety precaution. CBS News, "Large sinkholes threatening homes in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 One time, someone picked up, but the line disconnected shortly after a reporter identified themselves. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Jamaican restaurant in Cobb fails health check," 9 July 2018 So NO Wi-Fi will be given out and disconnecting PS4. Tia Coates, USA TODAY, "Is refusing to give your WI-FI password at a family gathering a bad idea?," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Historically, there’s always been a bit of a disconnect between technology companies and entertainment companies. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 The disconnect undermines electoral accountability and exacerbates polarization. Lee Drutman, Vox, "America has local political institutions but nationalized politics. This is a problem.," 31 May 2018 The findings do show a physiological disconnect — many of the genes associated with circadian cycles kept their rhythms, but seemed to fire at lower strength. Megha Satyanarayana, STAT, "Stubborn genes: New research looks at how our bodies respond (or don’t) to night shift work," 7 May 2018 Mattis responded that the question reflected a fundamental disconnect with the way international tribunals have spoken on the matter. CBS News, "In Singapore, Mattis blasts China over weaponization of South China Sea," 2 June 2018 Our leaders must aggressively address the disconnect that many people feel from their civic and electoral institutions; inclusive engagement and advocacy are critical to meeting the needs of all Californians. sacbee, "Antonia Hernandez," 27 June 2018 There seems to be a disconnect between the general idea of what makes a good salad, and what luncthime salad makers stuff into those plastic containers so many of us buy every day. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Make Your Store-Bought Lunch Salad a Little Less Depressing," 19 June 2018 On another, these art works, and seclusion in the act of making them, foster a disconnect between other people, those who cannot be controlled. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Hereditary' Is Dividing Audiences," 10 June 2018 Asus’ approach here is going to make maintenance easier, ensure fewer PCIe disconnects, and more accurate diagnostics. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus made a crypto-mining motherboard that supports up to 20 GPUs," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of disconnect


1770, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1982, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disconnect

: to separate (something) from something else : to break a connection between two or more things

: to stop or end the supply of electricity, water, gas, etc., to (something, such as a piece of electronic equipment)

: to stop or end the supply of (electricity, water, gas, etc.)


dis·con·nect | \ˌdis-kə-ˈnekt \
disconnected; disconnecting

Kids Definition of disconnect

: to undo or break the connection of

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to reject or criticize sharply

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