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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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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Other Words from disconnect


disconnection \ ˌdis-​kə-​ˈnek-​shən How to pronounce disconnection (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 But state officials on Friday put that plan on pause after the network delayed checking in some voters, forcing officials to shut it down by disconnecting the pollbooks from the network. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Voting Process Under Spotlight After Iowa Confusion," 9 Feb. 2020 Their demands will not be satisfied by feel-good corporate social responsibility initiatives disconnected from the core business. Alison Taylor, Quartz at Work, "2020 will be the year when corporate activism and global political risk converge," 5 Feb. 2020 With its remote-friendly rules, the new job allows Wiener to start disconnecting from her work emotionally. Malcolm Harris, The New Republic, "The Uneasy Promise of Life in Silicon Valley," 3 Feb. 2020 First things first: Unplug and disconnect the blanket from all electrical or power sources. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "Here's How To Wash an Electric Blanket," 28 Jan. 2020 And a range of public and private efforts to help people disconnected from others are underway in the United States. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "Researchers, health officials call for a unified approach to loneliness and social isolation," 20 Jan. 2020 Ten-part series Love is Blind sees singles disconnecting from the outside world and looking for love without ever setting eyes on their potential partners. Essence, "Screen Time: 11 Titles You Can Stream In February," 29 Jan. 2020 The messages advised customers to disconnect and try again later. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Disney Plus down for many, technical glitches reported as streaming service launched," 12 Nov. 2019 The Hana Foundation employee, whose name wasn’t revealed, hadn’t followed rules requiring employees to keep data on defectors on computers disconnected from the internet, and encrypting the data. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Hackers Steal Personal Information of North Korean Defectors in South Korea," 28 Dec. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This jarring disconnect between the forecasts and the real Trump economy would be comical if the policy stakes weren’t so high. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Navarro’s Faith-Based Case for Tariffs," 17 Jan. 2020 This disconnect is characterized by misperceptions, a lack of knowledge and an inability to identify with those who serve. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity," 10 Jan. 2020 This situational disconnect comes from simple sample bias. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Why Machine Learning Is Still Dumb (And How We Might Fix It)," 17 Dec. 2019 Jacqueline Toboni and Leo Sheng in 'The L Word: Generation Q.' Photo Credit: Jennifer Clasen/SHOWTIME Ryan doesn’t deserve all the blame for this disconnect. Judy Berman, Time, "The L Word: Generation Q," 5 Dec. 2019 Sotheby’s International Realty recognized this physical and emotional disconnect and created a solution. Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "Sotheby’s International Realty gives home staging a virtual upgrade with mobile app," 17 Oct. 2019 In most games, the side activities feels completely separate from the actual plot, but this disconnect doesn’t exist in RDR2. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 is the most convincing open-world game ever made," 25 Oct. 2018 The reason for this disconnect is simple: Few TV shows or movies actually film in Washington. Ashraf Khalil, The Seattle Times, "Anywhere but Washington: Why DC stories rarely film in DC," 23 Oct. 2018 Yet the apparent disconnect over the name loomed large after Tellis was charged with her murder. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "5 Years After Miss. Teen Jessica Chambers Was Burned to Death, Family Still Waits for Justice," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disconnect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconnect. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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