disengage




To disengage means to “free or disentangle” yourself or some object from another person or object. No, it doesn’t mean breaking off your engagement to your beloved — that’s “chickening out.”

Does your mind wander when someone (your fiancé, for example) talks to you? Well, your mind can disengage as well, that is, stop paying attention. Disengage has quite a formal, intellectual ring to it, even if used about a situation as physical as two armies “disengaging from combat.” It’s a technical term, and faintly clinical; the kind of word frequently used by politicians and diplomats.

Definitions of disengage
  1. verb

    release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles

    “I want to
    disengage myself from his influence”
    disengage the gears”
    synonyms:
    withdraw
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    Antonyms:

    engage, lock, mesh, operate

    keep engaged
    types:

    unlock

    set free or release
    type of:

    let go, let go of, release, relinquish

    release, as from one’s grip

  2. verb

    free or remove obstruction from

    synonyms:
    free
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    Antonyms:

    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

    block passage through
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    dig out

    dig out from underneath earth or snow
    unclog

    become or cause to become unobstructed
    loosen up, unstuff

    cause to become unblocked
    disencumber, disentangle, extricate, untangle

    release from entanglement of difficulty
    unblock

    clear or remove an obstruction from

  3. verb

    become free

    “in neutral, the gears
    disengage
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    Antonyms:

    engage

    get caught
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    unlock

    become unlocked
    declutch

    disengage the clutch of a car
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    change state, turn

    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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