Detach meaning

dĭ-tăch
To detach is defined as to separate from, or to send on a special mission.

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.

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To separate or unfasten; disconnect.

Detach a check from the checkbook; detach burs from one's coat.

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To remove from association or union with something.

Detach a calf from its mother; detached herself from the group.

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To send (troops or ships, for example) on a special mission.
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To unfasten or separate and remove; disconnect; disengage.
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To send (troops, ships, etc.) on a special mission.
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To take apart from; to take off.

To detach the tag from a newly purchased garment.

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(military) To separate for a special object or use.

To detach a ship from a fleet, or a company from a regiment.

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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