- When you separate yourself from a fringe group and make clear that you are not a part of it, this is an example of when you detach yourself from that group.
- When a hood unzips from the jacket to which it is normally attached, this is an example of when the hood detaches.
- When a military unit is sent on a secret mission, this is an example of when you detach the troops.
- to unfasten or separate and remove; disconnect; disengage
- to send (troops, ships, etc.) on a special mission
Origin of detachFrench détacher from Old French detachier, destachier from de-, de- + estachier, to attach
transitive verbde·tached, de·tach·ing, de·tach·es
- To separate or unfasten; disconnect: detach a check from the checkbook; detach burs from one's coat.
- To remove from association or union with something: detach a calf from its mother; detached herself from the group.
- To send (troops or ships, for example) on a special mission.
Origin of detachFrench détacher from Old French destachier des- de- attachier to attach ; see attach .
(third-person singular simple present detaches, present participle detaching, simple past and past participle detached)
- To take apart from; to take off.
- to detach the tag from a newly purchased garment
- (military) To separate for a special object or use.
- to detach a ship from a fleet, or a company from a regiment
From Old French destachier, from the same root as attach; compare French détacher and Portuguese destacar.