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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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 Additionally, in many reported home fires in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate, the batteries had been removed or the alarm was disconnected due to dead battery alerts or nuisance alarms. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 7 Nov. 2019 Was her family already disconnected from the Black Garnet in Mara’s time? Patrick Gomez, EW.com, "She-Ra showrunner Noelle Stevenson answers our season 4 burning questions — including THAT big reveal," 6 Nov. 2019 The phone number associated with the Reno address in domain registration data was disconnected; a second number (a Comcast VoIP number) went unanswered. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Breaking the law: How 8chan (or “8kun”) got (briefly) back online," 5 Nov. 2019 People are increasingly disconnected from the food system, with an ever-shrinking number of people implicated in food production. Anna Davies, Quartz, "Solo dining is bad for our mental health—and for the planet," 4 Nov. 2019 The Kashmir valley has been disconnected from India for over two months, and despite the government’s claim of normalcy, reports of horrific violence and human rights abuses continue to leak out of the area. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz India, "Every authoritarian ruler has wanted a “new” Delhi. Modi’s only the latest," 7 Oct. 2019 Once the line was disconnected, the sensor detected a loss in gas pressure that caused the system to pump a huge amount of gas into live lines. BostonGlobe.com, "LAWRENCE — The devastating gas explosions that tore through the Merrimack Valley a year ago Friday remain fresh for thousands of the evacuated and displaced, for the owners of recovering businesses, and for the family of a Lawrence teenager who was killed in the man-made disaster.," 13 Sep. 2019 This is in contrast to the contested notion of allyship which is often performative, superficial, and disconnected from the anticolonial struggle. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "Cisheteropatriarchy. Hxrstory. The language of ethnic studies, explained," 13 Aug. 2019 Jamie Schwartz' office for his political consulting firm, Fountain Square Group, has closed and his phone is disconnected. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "A 'shocking betrayal.' Democratic candidate Nikki Foster calls on Rep. Steve Chabot to resign over campaign finance troubles," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There has been a disconnect between the coaching staff/Mayfield/Beckham. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: Terry’s Talkin’ about how they need to grow up," 2 Nov. 2019 This insensitivity, a consequence of the cynicism that has become popular since the Pulp Fiction–Avatar revolution, is the real disconnect that Scorsese was addressing. Armond White, National Review, "Scorsese Dissents from Comic-Book-Movie Fanboys," 9 Oct. 2019 There has been a disconnect between our clever brains and our hearts. Jane Goodall, Time, "Jane Goodall: These 4 Issues May Not Seem Related to Climate Change. But They Are and We Need to Solve Them Now," 12 Sep. 2019 There appeared to be a disconnect between the level of supervision the parents expected and what the airline agreed to provide in exchange for its $322 unaccompanied minor fee paid for each child. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Special-needs kids stranded at the airport for 13 hours; American Airlines apologizes," 13 Aug. 2019 The teachers believe in the program, but there can be a disconnect. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "College Park H.S.student in The Woodlands expands free robotics workshops," 5 Aug. 2019 Even as the beauty industry slowly adopts more inclusive skincare and makeup options, and hashtags like #ActingWhileBlack expose the frustration women of color have with the pace of inclusivity efforts, a massive disconnect remains. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "The beauty industry’s most entrenched diversity problem is ethnic plastic surgery," 13 Sep. 2019 This disconnect created a void that was largely met by the U.S. financial system. David Beckworth, National Review, "Why the U.S. Dollar Will Remain Strong," 22 Aug. 2019 These differences have created a sense of disconnect with China, particularly among young people. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Family feuds and social media spats: The generational divide that's splitting apart Hong Kong," 9 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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11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Disconnect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disconnects. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce disconnect (audio)

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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