un·​at·​tached | \ ˌən-ə-ˈtacht How to pronounce unattached (audio) \

Definition of unattached

1a : not assigned or committed (as to a particular task, organization, or person) especially : not married or engaged
b : not seized as security for a legal judgment
2 : not joined or united unattached buildings

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unattached


single, unmarried, unwed


attached, espoused, hitched, married, wedded (also wed)

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Examples of unattached in a Sentence

My brother is currently unattached. everyone was surprised when the unattached woman finally fell in love

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Virtually unattached to military activity, economic sanctions today threaten connections to bankers, shippers, suppliers — the sinews of globalized trade — just as the Allied blockaders did to Germans around the world in 1918. Phillip Dehne, Twin Cities, "Phillip Dehne: How World War I transformed economic warfare," 2 July 2019 They were urged to only use unattached flowers and not lei, whose strings can harm marine life. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Family and friends toss flowers in the ocean at Beth Chapman's memorial," 30 June 2019 An unattached shed was also entered by force and lawn equipment was stolen. Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 12 June 2019 If the couple has a lot of single friends, invite them to attend unattached and all the friends can mingle together. Myka Meier, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Your Wedding Etiquette Questions Asked & Answered," 31 Oct. 2018 Within a day Joe and Kathleen are unattached and ready to spend their lives together. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "This Is What You’ve Got Mail Would Look Like 20 Years Later," 20 Dec. 2018 The Spaniard is currently unattached after leaving Barcelona at the end of last season and is preferred over the likes of Max Allegri and Diego Simeone who both have two years to run on their respective deals at Juventus and Atletico Madrid. SI.com, "Chelsea Place Former Barca Boss Luis Enrique at the Top of Their Shortlist to Replace Antonio Conte," 28 Jan. 2018 Kaity Cummings of Houston Baptist and Karen Miyamoto from Washington, playing unattached, tied for individual honors with a 2-under 214 while Gonzaga’s Quynn Duong was third at 217. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Thunderbirds need Nolan Volcan’s second goal to beat Tri-City 5-4 in WHL action," 16 Oct. 2018 Between Sunday and Monday, two bicycles were stolen from frat houses; one from an unattached garage behind Delta Tau Delta at 416 Beacon St., and another from the basement storage area of Sigma Chi at 532 Beacon St., MIT Police said. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of unattached

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of unattached was in 1796

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English Language Learners Definition of unattached

: not married, engaged, or in a serious romantic relationship
: not joined to another building

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something desired as essential

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