[ dis-en-geyj ]
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verb (used with object),dis·en·gaged, dis·en·gag·ing.
  1. to release from attachment or connection; loosen; unfasten: to disengage a clutch.

  2. to free (oneself) from an engagement, pledge, obligation, etc.: He accepted the invitation, but was later forced to disengage himself.

  1. Military. to break off action with (an enemy).

verb (used without object),dis·en·gaged, dis·en·gag·ing.
  1. to become disengaged; free oneself.

Origin of disengage

1605–15; <Middle French desengager, equivalent to des-dis-1 + engager to engage

Other words from disengage

  • dis·en·gag·ed·ness [dis-en-gey-jid-nis, -geyjd-], /ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd nɪs, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/, noun
  • self-dis·en·gag·ing, adjective

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How to use disengage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disengage


/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ) /

  1. to release or become released from a connection, obligation, etc: press the clutch to disengage the gears

  2. military to withdraw (forces) from close action

  1. 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 forms of disengage

  • disengaged, adjective

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