Detach Definition

detached, detaches
detached, detaches
To unfasten or separate and remove; disconnect; disengage.
Webster's New World
To remove from association or union with something.
Detach a calf from its mother; detached herself from the group.
American Heritage
To send (troops, ships, etc.) on a special mission.
Webster's New World

To take apart from; to take off.

To detach the tag from a newly purchased garment.

Origin of Detach

  • French détacher from Old French destachier des- de- attachier to attach attach

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French destachier, from the same root as attach; compare French détacher and Portuguese destacar.

    From Wiktionary

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