- 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 disengaged
Barack Obama is also far more aloof and disengaged than George W. Bush.Stop Calling Obama Aloof!
May 20, 2013
There can be no doubt that the divided, paranoid, disengaged Arab Americans Hussein Ibish describes do exist.We Already Are Politically "Normalized"
November 13, 2012
The one event that could upend that is an encore from a passive, disengaged Obama.Robert Shrum on the Vice Presidential Debate: Biden’s Win Was a Big F@$&ing Deal
October 12, 2012
Democrats are rightly worried that this time around, their base is disengaged.Republicans Embrace Theatrics—It’s Time for Barack Obama to Do the Same
July 20, 2012
Since Madoff senior's arrest, Andrew has disengaged his financial interests from those fishing ventures.Spotlight Shifts to Madoff's Last Son
Allan Dodds Frank
December 13, 2010
In a moment he forgot all about himself and snatched up her disengaged hand.Southern Lights and Shadows
She disengaged herself from his embrace with a sudden start.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
He disengaged himself, and cried in an angry voice: 'What, again!His Masterpiece
Daniel waved his disengaged hand to the conductor of the nearest.
These hands were quite competent, had they been disengaged, but just now they were full.
- 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 disengaged
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