- 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[intransitive, transitive] disengage (something) (specialist) if an army disengages or somebody disengages it, it stops fighting and moves away See related entries: Peacekeeping compare engage Wordfinderagreement, armistice, ceasefire, disengage, negotiate, peace, reparations, surrender, treaty, truce
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