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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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British Dictionary definitions for disengaged

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 disengaged

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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