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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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