un·​at·​tached | \ˌən-ə-ˈtacht \

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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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 Kids still played there occasionally, but there were unattached wooden boards littering the bleachers and random furniture scattered throughout the place. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "An Indiana gym gem: Restoration of Pleasantville gym a pleasant surprise," 12 July 2018 Astronomers say the comet may well have been wandering through our Milky Way galaxy, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with our own solar system. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Weird visitor from outer space – 'Oumuamua – was a comet after all," 27 June 2018 What sounded like a loose bolt rolling back and forth behind the dashboard turned out to be a loose bolt that had become unattached from the left sun visor. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Are 2 snow tires enough on RWD car?," 23 Oct. 2017 Though Bieber had been linked to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez this spring after her breakup with The Weeknd, both stars appear unattached. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "What's going on with Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin?," 18 June 2018 To assemble your parachute, attach one end of each suspension line to each corner of the tissue paper, fold the canopy in four so its corners lay on top of one another, and knot the unattached ends of the four suspension lines together. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Parachutes with Holes," 14 June 2018 As of the summer of 2018, a 39-year-old Forlan is unattached but still not officially retired. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Days to Go - Reliving the Fine Career of 2010 Golden Ball Winner Diego Forlan," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of unattached

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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