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disengage

[dis-en-geyj] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), disengaged, disengaging.
1.
to release from attachment or connection; loosen; unfasten:
to disengage a clutch.
2.
to free (oneself) from an engagement, pledge, obligation, etc.:
He accepted the invitation, but was later forced to disengage himself.
3.
Military. to break off action with (an enemy).
verb (used without object), disengaged, disengaging.
4.
to become disengaged; free oneself.
Origin of disengage
1605-1615
1605-15; < Middle French desengager, equivalent to des- dis-1 + engager to engage
Related forms
disengagedness
[dis-en-gey-jid-nis, -geyjd-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd nɪs, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/ (Show IPA),
noun
self-disengaging, adjective
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Examples from the Web for disengaged
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  • Gently he disengaged himself from the arms her ladyship now flung about him.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Pen smiled and disengaged one hand to smooth his hair again.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • If you have any explanation to offer, I shall be disengaged and alone till 11.30 this morning.

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • I wish to know, if you have no objection to tell me, whether your sister is disengaged.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • She disengaged the bonnet, and let it droop upon her shoulders.

British Dictionary definitions for disengaged

disengage

/ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
verb
1.
to release or become released from a connection, obligation, etc: press the clutch to disengage the gears
2.
(military) to withdraw (forces) from close action
3.
(fencing) to move (one's blade) from one side of an opponent's blade to another in a circular motion to bring the blade into an open line of attack
Derived Forms
disengaged, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disengaged

disengage

v.

c.1600 in figurative sense; 1660s in literal sense of "detach," from dis- "do the opposite of" + engage (q.v.). Related: Disengaged; disengaging.

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