- to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach: They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.
- to sever or terminate a connection, as of a telephone; hang up: State your business and disconnect.
- to withdraw into one's private world: When social pressures become too great, she simply disconnects.
- an act or instance of disconnecting, especially the suspension of telephone or cable TV service for nonpayment of service charges.
- a lack of communication or agreement: There is a huge disconnect between management and employees.
Origin of disconnect
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Examples from the Web for disconnect
There is a disconnect, which allows for some distance between his actions and your button presses.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
The administration is preparing to let Iran 'disconnect' its nuclear centrifuges rather than actually dismantling them.GOP Rejects Obama’s ‘Creative’ Iran Nuclear Compromises
September 20, 2014
The results also show a disconnect between the way suicides are reported in certain countries by internal organizations.Every Country Has a Suicide Problem
September 5, 2014
When workers recently showed up to disconnect services, she blocked them.Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions
Mary M. Chapman
July 26, 2014
But, in a disconnect, only half support "stricter gun control laws."Mom Gun-Control Group Fights the NRA With Its Own Weapon
July 7, 2014
Disconnect from the starting switch the cable that goes to the battery.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
We disconnect the Subterro anti-bends kimonos and peel them off.Operation Earthworm
If not, disconnect the ground wire and examine all connections.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Even without my coming, they had planned to disconnect from De Boer.
He tried to disconnect and isolate their words, but they all seemed to run together.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- (tr) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)
- a lack of a connection; disconnectiona disconnect between political discourse and the public
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Word Origin and History for disconnect
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