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Definition of distance verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

distance

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈdɪstəns//
 
distance yourself/somebody/something (from somebody/something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distance
 
he / she / it distances
 
past simple distanced
 
-ing form distancing
 
 
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to become, or to make someone or something become, less involved or connected with someone or something When he retired, he tried to distance himself from politics. It's not always easy for nurses to distance themselves emotionally.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: distance