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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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

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 But the white gaze has done its work, and Talley’s disconnect to blackness — his own and others’ — is palpable. New York Times, "Anna Wintour Is Not the Star of André Leon Talley’s Memoir. He Is.," 15 May 2020 Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb in March signed an executive order that bans utility companies from disconnecting non-paying customers until June 4. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Indiana utility companies want to charge customers to make up for revenue lost in pandemic," 13 May 2020 The bill would also let individual customers or state attorneys general sue providers that disconnect service during the pandemic. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Democrats try to ban Internet shutoffs until pandemic is over," 12 May 2020 Check arm disconnected, the door comes up off the hinges in . . . Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "We Pulled a Door off a Jeep Gladiator in 45 Seconds," 12 May 2020 The holder also has comfortable knob disconnects for trailering boats to and from the water. : Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide To Spider-Rigging For Crappies," 7 May 2020 Due to the pandemic, the utility company has stopped disconnecting service due to nonpayment, until at least June 1. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Scam involving LG&E service cutoff continues to circulate in Louisville," 1 May 2020 Although the companies are not disconnecting utilities to those who cannot pay since the pandemic began, many people lost their utilities before the COVID-19 crisis began, said Deb Kline of Cleveland Jobs with Justice. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, "Rally pleading for utilities to be reconnected held in downtown Cleveland (photos)," 29 Apr. 2020 The Snoo does include a Wi-Fi switch that can physically disconnect the devices from the internet. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Hackers Made the Snoo Smart Bassinet Shake and Play Loud Sounds," 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Much of this disconnect stemmed from young Deb’s desire to blend in with his white, suburban New Jersey classmates—a refutation of Bengali identity that contrasted starkly with his parents’ pride in their heritage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "A 2,000-Year History of Restaurants and Other New Books to Read," 24 Apr. 2020 Such efforts, however well-intentioned, betray a stark disconnect from the realities that average Americans are now facing. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Celebrities Shouldn’t Be Asking Average People to Donate Right Now," 24 Apr. 2020 Across the country, an unprecedented disconnect is emerging between where food is produced and the food banks and low-income neighborhoods that desperately need it. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Full fields, empty food banks," 23 Apr. 2020 Their lack of empathy and disconnect has worn thin. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: A pandemic hasn’t lessened the load of an immigration attorney," 23 Apr. 2020 Where the disconnect in speculation seems to lie is between two groups, those who understand what and who streetwear represents and those who do not. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "Op-Ed: Is Streetwear Art?," 21 Apr. 2020 The reason for the unused capacity is unclear, but public health and policy experts said the disconnect underscores the need for more federal coordination to iron out problems to ensure enough supply. NBC News, "Coronavirus testing must double or triple before U.S. can safely reopen, experts say," 16 Apr. 2020 Scottsdale Scottsdale halted disconnects and will waive late fees as long as the public health crisis continues. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Water will stay on during the pandemic, but you'll eventually have to pay," 8 Apr. 2020 Officials blamed the contretemps on an information disconnect between the government’s Institute of Health and Welfare and the state company running Helsinki’s bustling international airport. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "Premier for a pandemic: How millennial Sanna Marin won Finland’s approval," 6 Apr. 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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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disconnect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconnect. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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