disengage

verb
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 disengagement (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 Very often, Dykes would disengage from his rant and go check on Ethan and come back into the phone and report whatever Ethan was doing. CBS News, "Saving Ethan: The FBI's race against the clock to rescue kidnapped Alabama boy," 6 Oct. 2020 Their foreign ministers met Sept. 10 and agreed that their troops should disengage from the tense border standoff, maintain proper distance and ease tensions. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, "At UN, India vows to help produce virus vaccine for world," 26 Sep. 2020 In the fourth quarter, Kinlaw spun inside to disengage from Sweezy and dove for Murray’s legs, pressure that prompted him to flee the pocket for a 15-yard scramble. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers: The review of Javon Kinlaw’s NFL debut," 15 Sep. 2020 With the two large fires — called the Beachie Fire and the Riverside Fire — threatening to merge, some firefighters in Clackamas County, which encompasses Molalla, were told to disengage temporarily Thursday because of the danger. Bloomberg.com, "Dozens Missing as Firefighters Battle Two Large Oregon Fires," 11 Sep. 2020 With the two large fires — called the Beachie Fire and the Riverside Fire — threatening to merge, some firefighters in Clackamas County, which encompasses Molalla, were told to disengage temporarily Thursday because of the danger. Arkansas Online, "Dozens missing as firefighters battle two large Oregon fires," 11 Sep. 2020 Some firefighters in Clackamas County, which includes Molalla, had been told to disengage because of dangerous fire activity as two large fires in the area were believed to be merging, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Gillian Flaccus And Andrew Selsky, chicagotribune.com, "Authorities say about 500,000 people in Oregon forced to flee wildfires — over 10% of state’s population," 10 Sep. 2020 Two triggers, one beneath each handle, disengage the tracks on each side to control steering. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snowblowers for Digging Yourself Out," 9 Sep. 2020 Haskins, in his livestream of the altercation, yelled at counterprotesters to get back and disengage with protesters. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Racism, QAnon and ‘cold civil war’: Inside the 20,000-strong Defend East County Facebook group," 16 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disengage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disengage. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for disengage

disengage

verb
How to pronounce disengage (audio)

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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