- to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.
- Military. to send away (a regiment, ship, etc.) on a special mission.
Origin of detach
Examples from the Web for detach
“You have to be strong and detach yourself from what could happen,” Giffords told me last fall.Gabrielle Giffords' Marriage to Astronaut Mark E. Kelly
January 9, 2011
Even if we were conscious of the manipulation, it was very hard to detach ourselves from that because we were so burned out.A French Hero's Tale of Survival
September 21, 2010
Detach the oysters from their shells and put then into china shells with their own liquor.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
Nevertheless, Lady Spencer could not detach her daughter from the gay world.Beaux and Belles of England
As the host let out pleasure boats, they asked him to come and detach one.Therese Raquin
Found on sticks and logs, they are quite hard to detach from their hosts.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
He stirred, seemed to detach himself from the rail with difficulty.Chance
- to disengage and separate or remove, as by pulling; unfasten; disconnect
- military to separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp for a special assignment
Word Origin and History for detach
1680s, from French détacher "to detach, untie," from Old French destachier, from des- "apart" + attachier "attach" (see attach). Related: Detached; detaching.
- To separate or unfasten; disconnect.
- To remove from association or union with something.