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disengage

[dis-en-geyj] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), disengaged, disengaging.
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.
3.
Military. to break off action with (an enemy).
verb (used without object), disengaged, disengaging.
4.
to become disengaged; free oneself.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Middle French desengager, equivalent to des- dis-1 + engager to engage
Related forms
disengagedness
[dis-en-gey-jid-nis, -geyjd-] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd nɪs, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/ (Show IPA),
noun
self-disengaging, adjective
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  • Then pivot the hinge to disengage the roller from the track.
  • The hardest lesson for students to learn is to disengage themselves from the data and theories in social sciences.
  • After removing the nails from the siding, press downward to disengage its lower edge from the siding below.
  • The sudden imbalance of power, with only one engine operating, caused the autopilot to disengage and the plane to begin to fall.
  • But no grown-up thinks we're going to be able to disengage rapidly and abruptly.
  • Perpetuated by the media, they disengage our society's elite.
  • Once you engage, it will be harder to disengage if things do go awry.
  • He also fails to consistently disengage with good timing versus the run.
  • It is trying to disengage itself from its over-close relations with business.
  • Consequently, it is reasonably easy for me to disengage from any of them.
British Dictionary definitions for disengage

disengage

/ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
verb
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
3.
(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
disengaged, adjective
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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