disengage

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verb dis·en·gage \ˌdis-ən-ˈgāj\

Definition of disengage

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to release from something that engages or involves

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to release or detach oneself :  withdraw

disengagement

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of disengage in a sentence

  1. The two dancers moved together in a series of quick movements before disengaging and leaping apart.

  2. Put the car in gear, and then slowly disengage the clutch while pressing on the gas pedal.

  3. If there is a malfunction, the gears will automatically disengage.

Origin and Etymology of disengage

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


First Known Use: 1611


DISENGAGE Defined for English Language Learners

disengage

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verb dis·en·gage \ˌdis-ən-ˈgāj\

Definition of disengage for English Language Learners

  • : 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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