detach

[ dih-tach ]
/ dɪˈtætʃ /

verb (used with object)

to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.
Military. to send away (a regiment, ship, etc.) on a special mission.

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Origin of detach

1470–80; <Middle French détacher,Old French destachier;see dis-1, attach

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British Dictionary definitions for detach

detach
/ (dɪˈtætʃ) /

verb (tr)

to disengage and separate or remove, as by pulling; unfasten; disconnect
military to separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp for a special assignment

Derived forms of detach

detachable, adjectivedetachability, noundetacher, noun

Word Origin for detach

C17: from Old French destachier, from des- dis- 1 + attachier to attach
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Medical definitions for detach

detach
[ dĭ-tăch ]

v.

To separate or unfasten; disconnect.
To remove from association or union with something.
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