dis·​con·​nect | \ ˌdis-kə-ˈnekt How to pronounce disconnect (audio) \
disconnected; disconnecting; disconnects

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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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 \ ˌdis-​kə-​ˈnek-​shən How to pronounce disconnect (audio) \ noun

Examples of disconnect in a Sentence

Verb 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 The plan could cost the firm millions, but the company has exhausted other attempts to get employees to disconnect, says Tim Ryan, PwC’s U.S. chairman. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "The Latest Workplace Perk: Cash Bonuses for Taking Vacations," 9 Apr. 2021 Once dialed in, the HUD section can disconnect from the base to be less tempting to car prowlers. Bill Roberson, Forbes, "Road Tech Review: The Hudway Drive HUD System Is Cool - And A True Safety Solution," 25 Feb. 2021 The display conceptualizes figures interacting with their environment autonomously, giving the subjects of the paintings a home, yet allows the subjects and spaces to disconnect, reflecting a new stage in Fair’s life, according to a news release. Arkansas Online, "CALENDAR," 4 Apr. 2021 And in another chapter, a friend of Gauntt’s named Chris was preparing to disconnect his father from life support when a nurse at the hospital told Chris that his dad had received a visit that day from a young man named Christian. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Solana Beach author sees connections between life, afterlife in new book ‘When the Veil Comes Down’," 28 Mar. 2021 While some players want to face things directly, others seek to disconnect from the pain. Jennifer Stavros, Wired, "Video Games Are Helping More People Process Death," 14 Mar. 2021 The display conceptualizes figures interacting with their environment autonomously, giving the subjects of the paintings a home, yet allows the subjects and spaces to disconnect, reflecting a new stage in Fair's life, according to a news release. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, "Calendar 3-27-21," 27 Mar. 2021 Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "NWS: Expect power outages tonight amid 60 mph winds and rain; here's how to prepare, what to do," 25 Mar. 2021 A Cook County Circuit Court judge will consider April 1 a request by Homewood residents who want to have a say in a lawsuit seeking to disconnect the former Calumet Country Club from Homewood. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "Judge sets hearing on Homewood residents’ request to intervene in lawsuit," 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That can lead to a sense of disconnect between English-speaking fans and Asian players, Kim, the Florida Mayhem manager, noted. Washington Post, "Korean esports players, staff speak out on ‘unspeakable’ racism, harassment in America," 7 Apr. 2021 Subtly, Ito presents adulthood as a state of perpetual disconnect. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Michelle Obama’s Lesson to Kids: You Are What You Watch," 29 Mar. 2021 Yet there is disconnect between what Americans view as the most urgent threats facing the country — and what academics and Washington experts see as the top national security concerns. USA Today, "Biden puts a twist on 'America First' even as he moves to unravel Trump's foreign policy," 25 Feb. 2021 There is a disconnect, and there's no question about it. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Tom Izzo explains everything that's gone wrong for Michigan State basketball this season," 20 Feb. 2021 Bongard, 39, said voters are concerned about a disconnect between the City Council and residents, doing a better collaborative job in terms of economic development and addressing issues with the Charlestowne Mall. David Sharos, chicagotribune.com, "St. Charles City Council candidates in 2nd Ward discuss Charlestowne Mall, other development issues," 16 Mar. 2021 Much can be written about the disconnect between Tanden’s welcoming personality and her combative persona, not to mention just how much her gender and race played a role in the opposition to her confirmation. Philip Elliott, Time, "Snarky Tweets Shouldn’t Override Smarts. But They Did for Neera Tanden," 3 Mar. 2021 Separately, there’s a blatant disconnect between those designing the PPP process and the businesses trying to benefit from it. Greg Ott, Fortune, "Why the PPP still falls short for small businesses," 31 Dec. 2020 The disconnect in corporate governance further reveals itself in the firm’s respective economic earnings. David Trainer, Forbes, "General Motors Is Worth The Wait," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of disconnect


1751, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disconnect was in 1751

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23 Apr 2021

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“Disconnect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconnect. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce disconnect (audio) \
disconnected; disconnecting

Kids Definition of disconnect

: to undo or break the connection of

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