[ dis-kuh-nekt ]
/ ˌdɪs kəˈnɛkt /

verb (used with object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.

to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach: They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.

verb (used without object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. disconcerting,
  2. disconfirm,
  3. disconformable,
  4. disconformity,
  5. discongruity,
  6. disconnected,
  7. disconnection,
  8. disconsolate,
  9. discontent,
  10. discontented

Origin of disconnect

First recorded in 1760–70; dis-1 + connect

Related formsdis·con·nect·er, noundis·con·nec·tive, adjectivedis·con·nec·tive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disconnect


/ (ˌdɪskəˈnɛkt) /


(tr) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)


a lack of a connection; disconnectiona disconnect between political discourse and the public
Derived Formsdisconnecter, noundisconnection or disconnexion, noundisconnective, adjective

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Word Origin and History for disconnect



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

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