dis|en|gage [ˌdısınˈgeıdʒ] v
1.) [T]
to move so that you are not touching or holding someone
disengage yourself
Sally found it difficult to disengage herself from his embrace.
2.) [I and T]
if you disengage something, especially a part of a machine, or if it disengages, you make it move away from another part that it was connected to
≠ ↑engage
Disengage the gears when you park the car.
He tapped in the code and the lock disengaged.
to stop being involved or interested in something
disengage from
Too many young people disengage from learning.
4.) [I and T]
if two armies disengage, they stop fighting
≠ ↑engage
>disengagement[i] n [U]

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  • Disengage — Dis en*gage , v. i. To release one s self; to become detached; to free one s self. [1913 Webster] From a friends s grave how soon we disengage! Young. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disengage — I verb avocare, become detached, break the connection with, cut loose, cut off, decontrol, deliver, detach, disconnect, disembroil, disencumber, disentangle, disenthrall, disjoin, dislodge, dispart, displant, dissever, dissociate, disunite,… …   Law dictionary

  • disengage — c.1600 in figurative sense; 1660s in lit. sense of detach, from DIS (Cf. dis ) do the opposite of + ENGAGE (Cf. engage) (q.v.). Related: Disengaged; disengaging …   Etymology dictionary

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  • disengage — [v] free from connection abstract, back off, back out, cut loose, cut out, detach, disassociate, disconnect, disentangle, disjoin, dissociate, disunite, divide, drop out, ease, extricate, liberate, loose, loosen, opt out, pull the plug, release,… …   New thesaurus

  • disengage — ► VERB 1) separate, release, or detach. 2) remove (troops) from an area of conflict. 3) (disengaged) emotionally detached; uninvolved. DERIVATIVES disengagement noun …   English terms dictionary

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