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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detachverb

    cause to become detached or separated; take off

    "detach the skin from the chicken before you eat it"

  2. detachverb

    separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment

    "detach a regiment"

  3. detach, come off, come awayverb

    come to be detached

    "His retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery"


  1. detachverb

    To take apart from; to take off.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DETACHverb

    Etymology: detacher, French.

    The heat takes along with it a sort of vegetative and terrestrial matter, which it detaches from the uppermost stratum. John Woodward, Natural History, p. iii.

    The several parts of it are detached one from the other, and yet join again one cannot tell how. Alexander Pope.

    If ten men are in war with forty, and the latter detach only an equal number to the engagement, what benefit do they receive from their superiority? Joseph Addison, on the State of the War.


  1. detach

    To detach means to remove, disconnect, or disengage something from its attachment, association, or connection from anything else. It may involve physical separation like detaching a document from an email, or emotional withdrawal such as detaching oneself emotionally from a particular situation or person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detachverb

    to part; to separate or disunite; to disengage; -- the opposite of attach; as, to detach the coats of a bulbous root from each other; to detach a man from a leader or from a party

  2. Detachverb

    to separate for a special object or use; -- used especially in military language; as, to detach a ship from a fleet, or a company from a regiment

  3. Detachverb

    to push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to disengage

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detach

    de-tach′, v.t. to unfasten: to take from or separate: to withdraw: to send off on special service.—v.i. to separate one's self.—adj. Detach′able.—p.adj. Detached′, unconnected: separate: free from care, passion, ambition, and worldly bonds.—adv. Detach′edly.—ns. Detach′edness; Detach′ment, state of being separated: that which is detached, as a body of troops. [Fr. détacherde, neg., and root of attach.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. detach

    To separate for a special object or use; as, to send out a body of men on some particular service, separate from that of the main body.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detach in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of detach in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Harvick:

    You know where you can push and how you can push and how far you can push, and you can't push them all the way into the corner and against the fence, it was a hell of a race. Just really dumb driving there at the end. You've got to be aggressive, but you've still got to use your head. You can't just detach it and lay it on the floorboard.

  2. Mark Amodei:

    You have to totally detach yourself from any expectations on process since the process is now private meetings, it's déjà vu in that there seems to be an absolute phobia for holding a committee meeting on the record for establishing foundation for what you did, which I don't think is a great start.

  3. Matt Stucky:

    This is reminiscent of the late 1990s, with a lot of retail interest in the markets. People have to be disciplined about what they own and why they own it, when stock prices detach from fundamental trends, it's a cautious signal... Our investments aren't the ones in the news because of Reddit and other headlines.

  4. Panos Panay:

    A lot went into it because you don't want any moment where the product doesn't feel perfect in any posture at any given time, it's been building all this time -- the hinge work across Surface Studio, our detach work on Surface Book... the pen's haptics and when you put it down, you actually feel friction. All that tech has been brewing for four to five years. There's a lot of patience.

  5. Quin Snyder:

    After eight years, I just feel it is time to move onward. I needed to take time to detach after the season and make sure this was the right decision.

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