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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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 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

The department makes at least three attempts before disconnecting services, officials said. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "More than 17,000 Detroit households at risk for water shutoffs," 26 Mar. 2018 By Ottessa Moshfegh Elevator Pitch: This novel suggests an alternate way to disconnect: Sleep it off. Alison Murphy, WSJ, "3 Books That Teach You How to Concentrate in a Digital Age," 16 Nov. 2018 But for the last couple of decades, local news has been under financial stress, as readers have embraced opinion and commentary served up on the Internet and cable TV, disconnected from the geographical location of the news consumer. Alberto Ibargüen, star-telegram, "Support local news –it’s crucial to our lives and our democracy," 5 July 2018 Some of that resurgence comes, too, from people who see the 3310 and 8110 not just as a nostalgia trip, but a legitimate chance to disconnect from the always-on lifestyle amid mounting concerns over smartphone addiction. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Inside Nokia’s Super-Fun Feature-Phone Nostalgia Trip," 15 Apr. 2018 Focusing on breathing is relaxing and a good way to disconnect from the stresses of life. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 All-Natural Remedies to Get a Better Night's Sleep," 11 Nov. 2010 Advertising Besides attaching three fresh batteries, Koch and Hague disconnected one of the three installed last week because of higher voltage than expected. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Spacewalking astronauts install better station batteries," 3 Apr. 2019 My body agreed with the low-impact movement and my mind appreciated the time to relax and disconnect from everything going on around (and inside) me. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Trying to Work Out During My First Trimester Was the Humbling Experience I Didn't Know I Needed," 17 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That disconnect is a kind of internal dramatic irony, where a part of us knows something another part does not. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "2019 Needed a Hit as Bleak as Chernobyl," 4 June 2019 The disconnect is jarring between this scene and what is transpiring at the same moment, all over America: thousands of people desperately searching for more OxyContin, their families wrecked, their money gone, their lives ruined. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 There is still a fundamental disconnect between all that cool stuff . . NBC News, "Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg offers measured response in wake of unrest," 7 Apr. 2018 Part of her disconnect stemmed from her growing interest in personal style. Vogue, "Yosheva Jones, Tel Aviv’s Most In-Demand Face, on Growing Up As a Black Hebrew," 27 Mar. 2019 Derek Bouchard-Hall and Steve Johnson had their successes during tenures as president and chief executive, yet there remained a disconnect between USA Cycling and the business world that was hindering its ability to accomplish its goals. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "USA Cycling hires New Balance boss DeMartini as its CEO," 7 Jan. 2019 Advocates of grounding say this disconnect might be contributing to the chronic diseases that are particularly prevalent in industrialized societies. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Some players expressed a disconnect between returning to a school that still appreciates them and the fact that their achievements have been vacated from that school. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Chris Mack is making former Louisville basketball players feel welcome," 2 July 2018 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

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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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The first known use of disconnect was in 1770

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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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a tendency to relapse

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