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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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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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

How do city agencies communicate with the homeless when their mobile phones have been disconnected? Michael Moritz, WSJ, "Brother, Can You Spare Three Billion Dimes?," 28 Oct. 2018 That’s because we have been disconnected from the actual point of power, which is at the point of creation of wealth, which is on the job. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Politics Boots Riley on the ‘regular’ revolutionary messages of his radical debut film," 6 July 2018 An automated message said one of the lines had been temporarily disconnected. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Rescuers Search for More Than 160 Missing After Indonesian Ferry Sinks," 19 June 2018 Photo: David Pierce/The Wall Street Journal In my testing, though, the Palm didn’t help me disconnect. David Pierce, WSJ, "Gadgets Won’t Save Us From Our Gadgets," 11 Nov. 2018 The utility had stopped disconnecting customers for unpaid bills in March 2017 and had stopped sending late notices in January 2018. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council confirms Debra Smith as new City Light boss in wake of billing problems," 1 Oct. 2018 According to South Dakota court records, the manager of Tong's Sioux Falls apartment complex called police in August 2004 because the fire alarm had been disconnected in Tong's apartment. Todd Richmond And James Nord, Fox News, "Wisconsin workplace shooting suspect had revoked gun permit," 21 Sep. 2018 Our research shows that some people immediately start trusting the vehicle and disconnect all the senses. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Volvo Thinks Autonomous Cars Could Replace Short-Haul Flights," 6 Sep. 2018 According to a new study from LinkedIn (msft, -0.36%), most employees said that success in their careers really means being able to spend time with their families and disconnecting from work. Rachel King, Fortune, "This Is the Number One Reason Why People Don't Unplug From Work While on Vacation," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And there’s often a disconnect between the word people and the engineers. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The tech industry needs to reckon with the dark side of advertising, WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg says," 2 Aug. 2018 BBC News political editor Laura Kuenssberg got the first question and wasted no time calling out the disconnect between The Sun interview and Trump's praise of May in advance of taking questions from reporters. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "About-face at Chequers," 13 July 2018 One huge issue is a historical disconnect between black communities and health care institutions. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Taraji P. Henson Talks Mental Health 'Taboo' In Black Community," 24 Sep. 2018 So there’s a disconnect and distribution mechanism, which is very, very true. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The tech industry needs to reckon with the dark side of advertising, WordPress CEO Matt Mullenweg says," 2 Aug. 2018 In the case of Sierra Burgess, the disconnect between our worst online nightmares and the characters’ rosy conclusion was far too jarring. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "I Really Tried to Like “Sierra Burgess,” But Catfishing Isn’t Romantic — It’s Harmful," 10 Sep. 2018 Herrero explains that the lack of resources for the ready-to-wear market in the island has created a disconnect between designers and manufacturers. Frances Solá-santiago, Glamour, "This Female-Founded Start-up Wants to Rebuild Puerto Rico's Fashion Industry," 16 Aug. 2018 Giving consumers predictability in health-care costs is a smart idea, and although FAIR Health is trying, clearly there’s a disconnect. Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 Sometimes with House and Senate leaders, there’s a disconnect between what seems possible to the general public and what actually is possible when wrangling cats and looking realistically at various local electorates. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Mitch McConnell just became the longest-serving Republican leader in history, even though his party hates him," 14 June 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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