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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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  • In a moment he forgot all about himself and snatched up her disengaged hand.

  • She disengaged herself from his embrace with a sudden start.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He disengaged himself, and cried in an angry voice: 'What, again!

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Daniel waved his disengaged hand to the conductor of the nearest.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • These hands were quite competent, had they been disengaged, but just now they were full.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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