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disengage (v.)

c. 1600 in figurative sense "loosen from that which entangles;" 1660s in literal sense of "detach, release from connection," from dis- "do the opposite of" + engage (q.v.). Intransitive sense of "withdraw, become separated" is from 1640s. Related: Disengaged; disengaging.

updated on August 27, 2018

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Definitions of disengage from WordNet

disengage (v.)
release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles;
I want to disengage myself from his influence
disengage the gears
Synonyms: withdraw
disengage (v.)
free or remove obstruction from;
Synonyms: free
disengage (v.)
become free;
in neutral, the gears disengage
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