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disengage

[ dis-en-geyj ]
/ ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪdʒ /
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verb (used with object), dis·en·gaged, dis·en·gag·ing.

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).

verb (used without object), dis·en·gaged, dis·en·gag·ing.

to become disengaged; free oneself.

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disenchanted, disenchantment, disencumber, disendow, disenfranchise, disengage, disengaged, disengagement, disenroll, disentail, disentangle

Origin of disengage

1605–15; < Middle French desengager, equivalent to des- dis-1 + engager to engage
Related formsdis·en·gag·ed·ness [dis-en-gey-jid-nis, -geyjd-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd nɪs, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/, nounself-dis·en·gag·ing, adjective
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disengage

/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ) /

verb

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
Derived Formsdisengaged, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disengage

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.

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