dis·​con·​nect | \ˌdis-kə-ˈnekt \

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2 : to become detached or withdrawn disconnects into dark moods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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Other Words from disconnect


disconnection \ -​ˈnek-​shən \ 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

According to a new study from LinkedIn (msft, -0.36%), most employees said that success in their careers really means being able to spend time with their families and disconnecting from work. Rachel King, Fortune, "This Is the Number One Reason Why People Don't Unplug From Work While on Vacation," 11 July 2018 There is some sort of disconnect between physical illness and emotional struggles that people just cannot get together. Mike Faist, Time, "How One Woman’s Suicide Attempt Inspired This Actor’s Performance in Dear Evan Hansen," 14 May 2018 That disconnect between men and women makes no sense to me. USA TODAY, "Read an excerpt from Joanne Lipman's new book, 'That's What She Said'," 24 Jan. 2018 But nearly 70% of employees still don’t disconnect from work email or communications while on vacation. Rachel King, Fortune, "This Is the Number One Reason Why People Don't Unplug From Work While on Vacation," 11 July 2018 In addition to allowing people to text 911, Fulton County will automatically call back a number that dials 911 and is disconnected, including before anyone answers. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities," 6 July 2018 After years or even decades in prison, inmates often are disconnected from their families, have no place to live, lack relevant job skills, and need counseling for addiction or mental-health problems. Jared Kushner, WSJ, "Trump’s ‘Forgotten Men and Women’ Include Prisoners," 24 Apr. 2018 Utilities to four homes located near the largest sinkhole were disconnected as a safety precaution. CBS News, "Large sinkholes threatening homes in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 One time, someone picked up, but the line disconnected shortly after a reporter identified themselves. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Jamaican restaurant in Cobb fails health check," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the case of Sierra Burgess, the disconnect between our worst online nightmares and the characters’ rosy conclusion was far too jarring. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "I Really Tried to Like “Sierra Burgess,” But Catfishing Isn’t Romantic — It’s Harmful," 10 Sep. 2018 Herrero explains that the lack of resources for the ready-to-wear market in the island has created a disconnect between designers and manufacturers. Frances Solá-santiago, Glamour, "This Female-Founded Start-up Wants to Rebuild Puerto Rico's Fashion Industry," 16 Aug. 2018 Giving consumers predictability in health-care costs is a smart idea, and although FAIR Health is trying, clearly there’s a disconnect. Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 Sometimes with House and Senate leaders, there’s a disconnect between what seems possible to the general public and what actually is possible when wrangling cats and looking realistically at various local electorates. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Mitch McConnell just became the longest-serving Republican leader in history, even though his party hates him," 14 June 2018 Yet there’s a disconnect between the critical reception and the audience reaction, highlighted by the film’s 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, D+ CinemaScore, and numerous social media takes. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Hereditary' Is Dividing Audiences," 10 June 2018 The fundamental disconnect of narcissistic behavior is the misperception of personal power and responsibility. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why deals don't get done," 16 Apr. 2018 The survey also uncovered disconnects between front-line hiring managers and those in the human resources department. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Employers no longer drawing the line on criminal backgrounds," 29 May 2018 Many experts, analysts, and journalists noted the lack of detail in the proposals and the disconnect between Trump’s harsh words against drug makers and pharmacy benefit managers versus how the plan could actually affect industry players. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Trump spoke on lowering drug prices. The tweets rolled in," 11 May 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 \
disconnected; disconnecting

Kids Definition of disconnect

: to undo or break the connection of

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