Definition of disengage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    disengage

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disengage
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ//
     
    he / she / it disengages
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪz//
     
    past simple disengaged
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒd//
     
    past participle disengaged
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒd//
     
    -ing form disengaging
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    Peacekeeping
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (formal) to free somebody/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 sea.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] disengage (something) (specialist) if an army disengages or somebody disengages it, it stops fighting and moves away See related entries: Peacekeeping
  3. compare engage
    Wordfinderagreement, armistice, ceasefire, disengage, negotiate, peace, reparations, surrender, treaty, truce
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