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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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

This place is disconnected from the bustling businessmen in Brazil's capitals who would happily invest in the forest. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "As the Amazon fires rage, members of this indigenous community brace for their world to change," 29 Aug. 2019 While speaking with police, Garland allegedly repeatedly and aggressively disconnected the child seat portion with the stroller and then reconnected the two parts, causing the child to child to shake in the seat, according to the statement. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man faces child abuse charge," 27 Aug. 2019 But in the past 10 years, lifestyle diseases and obesity have become global plagues, burnout has been classified as a health condition, and the assault of technology has disconnected our minds from our bodies and the natural world. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 The call disconnected, and officials were not able to reach the caller again, Skaggs said. Los Angeles Times, "San Dimas schools on lockdown in first week of classes," 22 Aug. 2019 Dorsey disconnected from social media and TV to prevent outsiders from skewing his opinions. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Welcome to Cleveland, Where the Browns Are True Contenders," 20 Aug. 2019 Wherever those hoses connect and disconnect—to fill train cars or trucks for shipping, for example—pellets are known to spill out. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of," 19 Aug. 2019 The clerk disconnected the call and never told anyone about it. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Parkland parents face uphill battle in wrongful death suit against FBI, shielded behind broad federal law," 17 Aug. 2019 The homeowner disconnected the call and contacted police. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: iPad stolen from car in Winnetka," 13 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Crennel has known for the entire offseason that not having Clowney was a major possibility due to the major financial disconnect between the team and the three-time Pro Bowl selection. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "With Jadeveon Clowney traded, Texans' Romeo Crennel adapting to his loss," 5 Sep. 2019 But there’s also a strong sense of Mattis’s extreme disconnect from political reality. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Twilight of the “Adults in the Room”," 29 Aug. 2019 Our hope is with more awareness and community discussion about how development works and is approached, from beginning to end, the disconnect can be mended. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Quit kicking the can down the crumbling road," 17 Aug. 2019 Apparently, [his kids were] raised by the World Wrestling Federation when he was gone, because there’s a huge disconnect there. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Danny McBride and John Goodman on God, capitalism, and wearing cool pinkie rings," 16 Aug. 2019 There’s a disconnect between him and the citizens of Illinois. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Days after giving up on a recount for reelection, former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran to seek GOP nomination for U.S. Senate," 7 Aug. 2019 But with more and more women using social media to access and share a more diverse sample of images, experiences, lifestyles, and opinions, the disconnect between fantasy and reality is growing deeper and more glaring. Lindsey Tramuta, Glamour, "These Women Are Redefining What It Means to Have ‘Parisian Style’," 26 July 2019 There’s this disconnect between a good story and actual space flight. Cady Lang, Time, "What's the Most Realistic Movie About Space? Here's What 8 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 17 July 2019 But there’s a huge disconnect on who’s to blame for the massive backlog of migrants that clogged up Border Patrol facilities in May, prompting allegations of unsanitary conditions. NBC News, "Reporters get a tour of a new facility for migrant minors in Texas," 11 July 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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