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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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 Her clinic, like many organizations, has made tech abuse services and information available online, offering webinars on how to disconnect from surveillance applications or leave toxic relationships. Mélissa Godin, Time, "How Domestic Abusers Have Exploited Technology During the Pandemic," 31 Dec. 2020 Ford recalled select 2020-21 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles because motor mount fasteners may loosen and disconnect from the engine, which could kill power. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford recalls 2021 E-series for burn risk, 2020-21 Explorer and Aviators for power loss," 23 Dec. 2020 Pfizer, the officials told STAT, planned to disconnect temperature-monitoring sensors on the containers once they were delivered to health care providers — though many of the providers needed to use the boxes to store the vials for up to 30 days. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, "Pfizer decision to turn off temperature sensors forced scramble to ensure Covid-19 vaccines kept ultra-cold," 17 Dec. 2020 Hundreds of thousands of organizations use SolarWinds products, and U.S. agencies have been told to disconnect machines running the compromised program. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. cybersecurity agency warns of ‘grave’ threat from hack," 17 Dec. 2020 The right to disconnect from emails is not the labor equivalent of a first-world problem—blue-collar workers face the pressure of digital tools too. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz at Work, "Can Europe effectively legislate the right to work-life balance?," 13 Dec. 2020 France already introduced a law in 2017 that gives workers the right to disconnect when outside working hours. David Meyer, Fortune, "Working from home could become a legal right in Germany," 1 Oct. 2020 The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a series of alerts on Sunday and an Emergency Directive for federal agencies to check for compromise and disconnect SolarWinds Orion products. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "No One Knows How Deep Russia's Hacking Rampage Goes," 14 Dec. 2020 The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an emergency alert Sunday night urging federal agencies to disconnect from the affected SolarWinds product. David Uberti, WSJ, "Hack of Federal Agencies Shows Cyber Dangers to Supply Chains," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's better than different colors in every room, which creates an uneasy feeling of disconnect. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | KAREN MARTIN: Personal space is what you make it," 4 Jan. 2021 Curse of Strahd Revamped is an excellent example of this disconnect. Matthew Gault, Wired, "Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity," 31 Dec. 2020 Pentagon officials pushed back on Biden’s characterization of the disconnect between the Defense Department and the Biden team. Time, "Biden Warns of 'Roadblocks' to Transition by Trump Officials," 29 Dec. 2020 The findings of the survey provide the clearest evidence so far of the disconnect between those political leaders and many of their ostensible followers on an issue that has been a touchstone in the state’s political debates for years. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Failure to bridge divides of age, race doomed affirmative action proposition," 24 Nov. 2020 After all, Harbaugh maintains there is a recurring issue of a disconnect between the team’s heightened level of execution in practice versus its muddled play on Saturdays. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football tried to show us how fragile it could be. We overlooked it," 13 Nov. 2020 Before the coronavirus 70% of customers who receive a disconnect notice pay the bill or make arrangements to pay. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Connecticut regulator: Eversource request to extend moratorium on utility shut-offs a ‘gut punch’ and needs no state permission," 30 Oct. 2020 Thomas used physical therapy as an example of the disconnect with remote learning. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Akron family starts outdoor classroom for students with disabilities," 21 Oct. 2020 Goldberg acknowledged that this disconnect can be frustrating, even alienating for the many Americans wondering what happened to their jobs, their savings accounts and their financial security. NBC News, "2020: A dismal economic year, unless you were on Wall Street," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Disconnect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconnect. Accessed 21 Jan. 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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