- to release from attachment or connection; loosen; unfasten: to disengage a clutch.
- to free (oneself) from an engagement, pledge, obligation, etc.: He accepted the invitation, but was later forced to disengage himself.
- Military. to break off action with (an enemy).
- to become disengaged; free oneself.
Origin of disengage
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Examples from the Web for disengage
When you make a pass, Sir, you must first disengage, and your body must be well turned.The Middle Class Gentleman
As he said this he gently strove to disengage himself from her hold.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
We must disengage ourselves from the ideas which the customary use of words has implanted in us.Theaetetus
Gently she sought to disengage her hand, the trouble in her face increasing.Captain Blood
This time he resolved to go in on the fifth disengage, and in on that he went with the same ease.Scaramouche
- to release or become released from a connection, obligation, etcpress the clutch to disengage the gears
- military to withdraw (forces) from close action
- 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
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Word Origin and History for disengage
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