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UK [dɪˈtætʃ] / US verb
Word forms "detach":
present tense I/you/we/they detach he/she/it detaches present participle detaching past tense detached past participle detached
a) [transitive] to remove a part from something

A leaf detached itself and fell to the ground.

detach something from something:

Two soldiers were struggling to detach the machine gun from its mount.

b) [intransitive] to become removed from something

The hood fastens to the collar with studs and detaches easily.

2) [transitive] to send a group of soldiers to perform a special job separately from the rest of their group

I proposed detaching a squadron to seize the island.

detach yourself (from) — to move away from someone; to stop being involved in a close or emotional way with someone or something

He saw William detach himself from the group and move towards them.

Edward, who appeared to have detached himself from the proceedings, stared out of the window.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Detach — De*tach , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detaching}.] [F. d[ e]tacher (cf. It. distaccare, staccare); pref. d[ e] (L. dis) + the root found also in E. attach. See {Attach}, and cf. {Staccato}.] 1. To part; to separate or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detach — detach, disengage, abstract mean to remove one thing from another with which it is in union or association. One detaches something when one breaks a literal or figurative connection, tie, or bond and thereby isolates it or makes it independent… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • detach — UK US /dɪˈtætʃ/ verb [T] ► to separate or remove something from something else that it is joined to: detach sth from sth »Detach the reply slip from this letter and return it to the above address. → Compare ATTACH(Cf. ↑attach) …   Financial and business terms

  • detach — 1680s, from Fr. détacher to detach, untie, from O.Fr. destachier, from des apart + attachier attach (see ATTACH (Cf. attach)). Related: Detached; detaching …   Etymology dictionary

  • detach — ► VERB 1) disengage (something) and remove it. 2) (detach oneself from) leave or distance oneself from (a group or situation). 3) (be detached) Military be sent on a separate mission. DERIVATIVES detachability noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Detach — De*tach , v. i. To push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to disengage. [1913 Webster] [A vapor] detaching, fold by fold, From those still heights. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detach — I verb break off, cleave, disconnect, disengage, disentangle, disiungere, disjoin, dispart, dissever, dissociate, disunite, divide, divorce, part, remove, seiungere, separare, separate, sever, split, uncouple, unfasten, unlink, unplug, unstick… …   Law dictionary

  • detach — [v] disconnect, cut off abstract, disaffiliate, disassemble, disassociate, disengage, disentangle, disjoin, dismount, dissociate, disunite, divide, divorce, free, isolate, loose, loosen, part, remove, segregate, separate, sever, sunder, take… …   New thesaurus

  • detach — [dē tach′, ditach′] vt. [Fr détacher < OFr detachier, destachier < de , DE + estachier, to ATTACH] 1. to unfasten or separate and remove; disconnect; disengage 2. to send (troops, ships, etc.) on a special mission detachability n.… …   English World dictionary

  • detach — [[t]dɪtæ̱tʃ[/t]] detaches, detaching, detached 1) V ERG If you detach one thing from another that it is fixed to, you remove it. If one thing detaches from another, it becomes separated from it. [FORMAL] [V n] Detach the white part of the… …   English dictionary

  • detach — 01. The arms of this toy robot can be [detached], and replaced with wings or various tools. 02. Roman statues were made with [detachable] heads so that one head could be removed and replaced by another. 03. [Detach] the pink copy of the form, and …   Grammatical examples in English

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