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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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

That added about 30 seconds before each reached a dispatcher — if the call wasn’t disconnected. Washington Post, "Witness: Florida massacre suspect made threats about school," 11 July 2018 When travelers do disconnect, their reward may be a more authentic experience - something market research suggests is particularly important to millennials. Kate Morgan, chicagotribune.com, "Leaving technology behind on vacation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," 28 June 2018 Cozy up at this mountainside cabin to disconnect and take in all the mountainside beauty. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Are the World's 10 Happiest Countries," 21 Mar. 2019 His company, QuadrigaCX, was arguably operating in good faith by keeping all the information that links customers to their funds in a computer that was deliberately disconnected from the internet. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Crypto Exchange Founder's Untimely Death Leaves $190 Million Locked Away in Limbo," 4 Feb. 2019 Trailer Theft Alert An industry-first, the Trailer Theft Alert can activate the truck’s lights and horn if the harness of the trailer attached to the truck is disconnected. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The Chevy Silverado's New Towing Tech Makes Attaching a Trailer a Breeze," 20 Sep. 2018 The report also advises that the phone line connected to an all-in-one type machine should be disconnected if a user or organization does not use the fax functions. Miranda Moore, The Seattle Times, "What you need to do if your fax machine or all-in-one printer is vulnerable to hackers," 14 Aug. 2018 That added about 30 seconds before each reached a dispatcher — if the call wasn't disconnected. NBC News, "Parkland shooting investigation finds radio issues delayed police response," 12 July 2018 After being disconnected, the emergency call-taker tried to call Plush back but got his voicemail. Alix Langone, Time, "Teen Who Suffocated in Minivan Seat Used Siri to Call 911 Twice. But Police Couldn't Find Him," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Part of the disconnect may be the result of how poverty is defined. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "India is no longer home to the largest number of poor people in the world. Nigeria is.," 10 July 2018 Economists are divided over what explains the disconnect, with some seeing evidence of a long-term, structural shift in the economy, and others arguing that the slow wage growth suggests there is still room for the economy to improve. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "The Jobs Recovery: A Longer View," 1 June 2018 Yet there seemed to be a massive disconnect, considering how the people of color were the first to go. Gerrick D. Kennedy, latimes.com, "Grading the first season of ABC's 'American Idol' reboot," 22 May 2018 This disconnect between expectation and reality can be seriously demotivating. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 In great disconnect on Dolphins' expectations, these factors will tell us who's right A boring OTA practice? Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Who's been the fastest Dolphin receiver so far at OTAs? The answer might surprise you," 31 May 2018 Melania has been called out before about the disconnect between her anti-bullying campaign and the actions of her husband and other members of the Trump family. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Addressed a Cyberbullying Summit Without Mentioning Donald Trump's Twitter Habits," 20 Aug. 2018 This kind of disconnect shouldn’t come as a surprise. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar racing with its new aero kits is 'awesome,' or perhaps 'bland'," 9 July 2018 Yet, considering Japan’s rich culture and centuries of tradition, perhaps some of the disconnect felt by those who frequent the European design fairs can be chalked up to cultural difference. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 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 How to pronounce disconnect (audio) \
disconnected; disconnecting

Kids Definition of disconnect

: to undo or break the connection of

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