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 Both countries' military commanders agreed to disengage their forces in the Galwan Valley region in the territory of Ladakh after the June 15 attack. Fox News, "Satellite imagery shows China building up military presence in Galwan Valley days after deadly clash with India," 25 June 2020 Indian and Chinese military commanders agreed on Monday to disengage their forces in their first meeting since the confrontation. Washington Post, "Indian army chief visits troops near troubled China border," 25 June 2020 Withdrawal from these arenas -- from Hong Kong to Geneva -- leaves US allies in limbo, reluctant to follow Washington's lead and unwilling to disengage from China. Mary E. Lovely For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump's removal of Hong Kong's special status hurts the US more than China," 22 June 2020 Whatever happens, try to disengage from her antics as much as possible. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Working with one-woman whirlwind has co-worker at the end of their rope," 5 June 2020 They were shot at after spotting the individuals with the guns and ordering them to disengage, the station reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "North Carolina sheriff commends deputies who held fire after being shot at in subdivision," 15 June 2020 Whatever happens, try to disengage from her antics as much as possible. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Working with one-woman whirlwind has co-worker at the end of their rope," 5 June 2020 Whatever happens, try to disengage from her antics as much as possible. cleveland, "Dear Annie: How do I deal with a difficult co-worker?," 4 June 2020 With two branches of government thus disengaged from constructive oversight, only the federal judiciary is capable of reining in the department and stopping the systemic rot. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, "With Flynn, Barr Burns Justice to Feed Trump’s ‘Obamagate’ Fantasy," 15 May 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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disengage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disengage. Accessed 13 Jul. 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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