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

 

distance

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdɪstəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstəns//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distance
BrE BrE//ˈdɪstəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstəns//
 
he / she / it distances
BrE BrE//ˈdɪstənsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstənsɪz//
 
past simple distanced
BrE BrE//ˈdɪstənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstənst//
 
past participle distanced
BrE BrE//ˈdɪstənst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstənst//
 
-ing form distancing
BrE BrE//ˈdɪstənsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪstənsɪŋ//
 
 
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distance yourself/somebody/something (from somebody/something) to become, or to make somebody/something become, less involved or connected with somebody/something When he retired, he tried to distance himself from politics. It's not always easy for nurses to distance themselves emotionally. The company has tried to distance itself from the remarks made by some of its employees. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘discord, debate’): from Old French or from Latin distantia, from distant- ‘standing apart’, from the verb distare, from dis- ‘apart’ + stare ‘stand’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: distance