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

     

    detach

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈtætʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtætʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they detach
    BrE BrE//dɪˈtætʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtætʃ//
     
    he / she / it detaches
    BrE BrE//dɪˈtætʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtætʃɪz//
     
    past simple detached
    BrE BrE//dɪˈtætʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtætʃt//
     
    past participle detached
    BrE BrE//dɪˈtætʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtætʃt//
     
    -ing form detaching
    BrE BrE//dɪˈtætʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈtætʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to remove something from something larger; to become separated from something detach something Detach the coupon and return it as soon as possible detach something from something One of the panels had become detached from the main structure. detach (from something) The skis should detach from the boot if you fall. compare attach
  2. 2[transitive] detach yourself (from somebody/something) (formal) to leave or separate yourself from somebody/something She detached herself from his embrace. (figurative) I tried to detach myself from the reality of these terrible events. A figure in white detached itself from the shadows.
  3. 3[transitive] detach somebody/something (specialist) to send a group of soldiers, etc. away from the main group, especially to do special duties Five destroyers were detached to carry out a bombardment of the port.
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘discharge a gun’): from French détacher, earlier destacher, from des- (expressing reversal) + attacher ‘attach’.
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