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[dis-kuh-nekt] /ˌdɪs kəˈnɛkt/
verb (used with object), disconnected, disconnecting.
to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach:
They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.
verb (used without object), disconnected, disconnecting.
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
First recorded in 1760-70; dis-1 + connect
Related forms
disconnecter, noun
disconnective, adjective
disconnectiveness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is also unlikely that any operational construct, no matter how brilliantly conceived, could overcome such a disconnect.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • When the tower acknowledged, he began to disconnect himself from the ship.

    Pushbutton War Joseph P. Martino
  • disconnect the main switch, and determine the size of the wires in each circuit.

  • We disconnect the Subterro anti-bends kimonos and peel them off.

    Operation Earthworm Joe Archibald
  • In case it was necessary to disconnect on one side of a compound engine, how would you cover ports and hold valves in position?

British Dictionary definitions for disconnect


(transitive) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)
a lack of a connection; disconnection: a disconnect between political discourse and the public
Derived Forms
disconnecter, noun
disconnection, disconnexion, noun
disconnective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disconnect

1770; see dis- + connect. Perhaps a back-formation from disconnection. Related: Disconnected; disconnecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for disconnect



A disagreement; an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding): Disconnect. It means a breakdown in communication (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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