- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to free someone or something from the person or thing that is holding them or it; to become free disengage yourself (from somebody/something) She gently disengaged herself from her sleeping son. (figurative) They wished to disengage themselves from these policies. disengage (something/somebody) (from something/somebody) to disengage the clutch (= when driving a car) We saw the booster rockets disengage and fall into the ocean.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] disengage (something) (technology) if an army disengages or someone disengages it, it stops fighting and moves away compare engage
NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disengage
he / she / it disengages
past simple disengaged
-ing form disengaging
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