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 When confronted, smugglers will often try to speed away from authorities and have learned that deputies will more often than not disengage than chase them through communities at high speeds, Dannels said. USA Today, "Local police are helping Border Patrol catch migrants at the border. That’s bad policy, experts say," 3 May 2021 Miami needs a pass rusher who can disengage from an offensive tackle and hunt down the opposing quarterback the way Jason Taylor, Joey Porter and Cam Wake did. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Dolphins need a bolder approach in NFL draft to improve team’s talent base | Commentary," 27 Apr. 2021 From there, Bohanna will use push-pull and shrug escapes to disengage blocks and get involved in the play. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 late-round 2021 NFL draft sleepers for the Dallas Cowboys," 23 Apr. 2021 All of these things are leading us to disengage, to do nothing about it. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Céline Semaan and Sophia Li’s New Show Reminds Us Not All Hope Is Lost in Fighting Climate Change," 15 Apr. 2021 After a tough boot camp, your joints may need a jolt to disengage and relax. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "Upgrade your home workout with this top-rated fitness gear," 25 Mar. 2021 The easiest way to avoid such negativity is to disengage — restrict incoming messages, or even avoid social media altogether. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Is online income worth the price? E.J. Liddell’s lament spotlights dark side of social media’s NCAA potential," 23 Mar. 2021 The Honda Sensing Elite system is more advanced than other advanced driver-assist systems on the market such as Tesla’s Autopilot and Cadillac’s Super Cruise, because the driver can disengage in certain circumstances. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Honda Legend Sedan with Level 3 Autonomy Available for Lease in Japan," 4 Mar. 2021 As a result, employees disengage, feel demoralized and their creativity is stifled. Heidi Lynne Kurter, Forbes, "4 Signs Your Boss Is A Micromanager And How To Challenge Them," 1 Mar. 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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6 May 2021

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“Disengage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disengage. Accessed 9 May. 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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