dis·​en·​gage | \ ˌdis-in-ˈgāj How to pronounce disengage (audio) \
disengaged; disengaging; disengages

Definition of disengage

transitive verb

: to release from something that engages or involves

intransitive verb

: to release or detach oneself : withdraw

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Other Words from disengage

disengagement \ ˌdis-​in-​ˈgāj-​mənt How to pronounce disengage (audio) \ noun

Examples of disengage in a Sentence

The two dancers moved together in a series of quick movements before disengaging and leaping apart. Put the car in gear, and then slowly disengage the clutch while pressing on the gas pedal. If there is a malfunction, the gears will automatically disengage.
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Recent Examples on the Web In New Jersey, transfers, along with Essex County’s decision to disengage with ICE, have led to dwindling numbers of immigrants in detention. Jordan Levy, The New Republic, 27 Aug. 2021 In other words, simply because someone does not understand a specific application at a specific point in time is no reason to disengage from further conversations. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Struggles to disengage when blockers are able to latch on, however, and lacks ideal range for coverage - two areas critical in today’s NFL. oregonlive, 18 Aug. 2021 Onboarding is an imprinting moment in which an employee decides to actively engage or disengage. Abhishek Humbad, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The document also requests details about how the Autopilot system interacts with the driver, including a list of situations that would cause the system to disengage, and details of how and when driver inputs can override the Autopilot functions. Annie White, Car and Driver, 2 Sep. 2021 Afghanistan is America’s longest war, stretching through four presidencies, and none of those presidents found a way to disengage successfully. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 McClellan, trying to disengage from Morrison, tossed him to the ground. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 18 Aug. 2021 Andrews encourages all the athletes to disengage from social media. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of disengage

1611, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for disengage

French désengager, from Middle French, from des- dis- + engager to engage

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The first known use of disengage was in 1611

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21 Oct 2021

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“Disengage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disengage. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disengage

: to separate from someone or something
: to stop being involved with a person or group : to stop taking part in something
: to move (a mechanism or part of a machine) so that it no longer fits into another part

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