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 The first uses triggers under each handle to control clutches that disengage the wheel on the corresponding side. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Snowblowers for Digging Yourself Out," 9 Sep. 2020 And if Ant and other Chinese tech companies disengage because of political tensions, India could miss out on leading edge technology. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Chinese tech companies bet big on India. Now they're being shut out," 10 Dec. 2020 To get the 737 Max flying again, Boeing modified the MCAS software and added other safety features to make sure that pilots can immediately disengage the system and take control of the plane. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "FAA certifies troubled Boeing 737 Max to fly again, but critics fear jetliner's 'basic aerodynamic problem'," 18 Nov. 2020 Thankfully, the rightful — and swift — condemnation of Tanden’s appointment shows that the left is not going to disengage from the political sphere once Trump leaves office. Danielle Campoamor, refinery29.com, "Why Is Everyone So Upset About Neera Tanden?," 30 Nov. 2020 That’s traditionally been achieved with locking axle differentials, but those are expensive, can be a real bear to engage and disengage, and make your truck difficult to turn (rear lockers), or impossible to steer (front lockers). Wes Siler, Outdoor Life, "How to Build the Ultimate Hunting Truck," 29 Sep. 2020 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

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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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6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Disengage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disengage. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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