disconnect

verb
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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods

disconnect

noun

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

Other Words from disconnect

Verb

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to new documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a bolt in the rear axle mounting could fracture and cause the driveshaft to disconnect, increasing the risk of the vehicle accidentally rolling away while parked. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 2 May 2022 With their two dogs, the couple quietly disconnect from friends and family, limiting social interactions to weekly trips to the market and pleasantries with a neighboring farmer, and subsisting on dwindling savings and welfare checks. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 If people are connecting in a virtual world for work, and education, and to spend time with friend — how will people ever disconnect. Daniel Newman, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Two-piece driveshafts may disconnect (May 24, 2021). Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2022 Internet shutdowns, as a rule, are enacted by governments with the ability to order internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect, throttle, or restrict access to the internet. Gian M. Volpicelli, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 Russia dramatically escalated its standoff with the West over the war in Ukraine on Wednesday, cutting natural gas off to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria and threatening to disconnect even more nations. Yesica Fisch And Jon Gambrell, Chicago Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Turn off the computer and disconnect the power cable. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 The 130-acre property, northwest of Dixie Highway and 175th Street, sits in unincorporated Cook County, with Homewood officials nearly a year ago allowing the owners to disconnect the property from the village. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There's a disconnect between that vision and most legacy companies. Adam Bryant, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 But after fun with the alpacas, there seemed to be a disconnect between the two of them. Woody Randall And Amani Aliyya, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 Is there a disconnect here, in that, year after year — except for Lauryn Hill and OutKast winning Album of the Year honors in 1999 and 2003, respectively — hip-hop just doesn’t seem to win in the major Grammy categories? George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 There’s a disconnect between when people want to use electricity and when solar power tends to produce it. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 4 Feb. 2022 There’s a mystifying disconnect between a player who wants very badly to be loved, and then leans into self-sabotage. Jason Gay, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Prices for everything from food to gasoline have been rising as the economy recovers from the pandemic and there has been a big disconnect between higher demand and lagging supplies. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2022 Prices for everything from food to gas have been rising as the economy recovers from the pandemic and there has been a big disconnect between higher demand and lagging supplies. Damian J. Troise, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 Prices for everything from food to gas have been rising as the economy recovers from the pandemic and there has been a big disconnect between higher demand and lagging supplies. Damian J. Troise, Alex Veiga, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disconnect

Verb

1751, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Disconnect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconnect. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for disconnect

disconnect

verb
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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