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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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

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Other Words from disconnect

Verb

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

When cruising, the rear axles are disconnected to reduce frictional losses unless their traction is needed. Houston Chronicle, "Range Rover Evoque gets added finesse, mild-hybrid versions," 14 June 2019 Either way, a bit of time in the woods, is a great way to disconnect, put the phones away and bond with the important man in your life. Essence, "Happy Father's Day! Four Father-Friendly Getaways That Dad Will Actually Enjoy," 14 June 2019 The number is disconnected, and the ad has been taken down, according to WFTS. Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida family claims puppy had deadly virus when they got it from Craigslist: report," 11 June 2019 Many archaeologists have assumed that the builders were simple hunter-gatherer societies, living in provincial backwater settlements disconnected from the wider trade networks. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Find shows 4,000-year-old trade routes stretched from Carolinas to Great Lakes," 31 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dylan’s deep, oddly expressionless voice doesn’t necessarily do any favors to a genre known for its marked warmth, and his slick band of studio musicians adds to the disconnect. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "Review: Jakob Dylan's 'Echo in the Canyon' soundtrack rings hollow," 24 June 2019 The transient nature of youth sports has led to a total disconnect. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Tradition? Heard of it? This column is about something club sports has lost," 7 June 2019 That last bit is where there can be a disconnect between the two points of view, most recently highlighted by one of the most influential pop stars in American history. Sonia Rao, Houston Chronicle, "Madonna’s furious response to her New York Times profile raises questions about what stars expect from journalists," 7 June 2019 Still, even if some players quoted in the Golf Digest piece made valid points, their anger only widens the disconnect with casual fans. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Open is hard and not always fair, so players must find a way to cope," 5 June 2019 There was a fundamental disconnect here, though: The Bellum Americanum was not going well. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 Distorted tech stock valuations in private markets, where deep-pocketed investors like SoftBank are pushing up prices, have led to a deep disconnect with public markets. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "An Ugly Victory for Hong Kong in the IPO Derby," 31 Dec. 2018 And since many of those theater companies — including his own — are wanting to do risky work, this can lead to a disconnect with audiences who are proving more risk-averse than many theater companies have hoped. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "With plays like 'Hang,' Remy Bumppo seeks a risky way forward," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of disconnect

Verb

1770, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disconnect was in 1770

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More Definitions for disconnect

disconnect

verb

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.)

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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