: to separate from association or union with another
attempts to dissociate herself from her past
: to undergo dissociation
: to mutate especially reversibly
The director has tried to dissociate himself from his earlier films. Why is the organization choosing to dissociate itself from its founder?
Recent Examples on the Web Uncle Ruckus is another character from the show who is notable because of his disdain for Black people and enjoys dissociating himself from other Black Americans. —Kris Marsh, The Conversation, 15 Mar. 2023 After that, Ella began to dissociate into younger parts more often during therapy. —Rebecca J. Lester, Scientific American, 16 May 2023 In her sophomore year at Interlochen, Emma began dissociating, wandering the Michigan campus in the snow. —Beatrice Hazlehurst, ELLE, 26 Apr. 2023 In 2014 the temple promoted a Black Mass at Harvard University that prompted the archdiocese to call on the institution to dissociate from the temple. —Dennis Romero, NBC News, 25 Apr. 2023 In the weeks leading up to the murder, the teenager began to withdraw and dissociate from reality, Gunsberg said. —Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Almost like we’ve been given a button to dissociate, or something. —Daisy Jones, Vogue, 7 Mar. 2023 If her father copes by ruing his mistakes—drinking copiously, reminiscing, and generally agonizing— Freddie copes by dissociating. —Jasmine Liu, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2023 From time to time, Democratic politicians, like Biden in his State of the Union address on March 1, try to dissociate themselves from unpopular ideas such as defunding the police, but the cultural Left within the party is still more deferred to than opposed or ignored. —Ruy Teixeira, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 See More
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