verb (used with object)
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|Sandra McElwaine|January 9, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Even if we were conscious of the manipulation, it was very hard to detach ourselves from that because we were so burned out.
He was subsequently ordered to detach two regiments, as guard for trains near Williamsport.From Manassas to Appomattox|James Longstreet
Two or three campaigns like the last would alike break down the strength of Rome, and will detach her allies from her.The Young Carthaginian|G.A. Henty
It is so connected with all parts of my treatise that I could not detach it without rendering the remainder wholly defective.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
But she had seen in his eyes that he was acting a part—that he wished to detach her observation from her mother.A Spirit in Prison|Robert Hichens
He gave Will Stuteley a signal to detach himself from them, and come to his side.Robin Hood|Paul Creswick
British Dictionary definitions for detach
Word Origin for detach
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.