Definition of disconnect in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdiskəˈnekt/


[with object]
1Break the connection of or between: take all violence out of television drama and you disconnect it from reality
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  • For a comedian, her intensity is almost humourless, like she's partially disconnected, operating on a slightly different plane.
  • In addition, fire hoses in the residence hall were disconnected and partially dismantled because the equipment was outdated.
  • The people who are involved in this operation are under investigation by council officials and will be required to disconnect their illegal connections or face prosecution.
separate, cut off, divorce, sever, isolate, divide, part, disengage, dissociate, disassociate, remove
1.1Take (an electrical device) out of action by detaching it from a power supply.
Example sentences
  • If your aircraft is intact after an event, and you need the data from the device, remove or disconnect the power plugs before applying any electrical power to the aircraft.
  • The occupant was evacuated while electrical engineers disconnected the power, allowing the firefighters to enter.
  • The circulating nurse covers the patient with warm blankets and works with the anesthesia care provider to disconnect the monitoring devices.
deactivate, shut off, turn off, switch off, unplug
1.2Interrupt or terminate (a telephone conversation) by breaking the connection: that might explain why her call got disconnected mid-expletive
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  • The mystery caller abruptly disconnected their conversation.
  • With a click, Haley disconnected herself from the conversation.
  • Ford disconnected the telephone line and reactivated the radio link.
1.3Terminate the connection of (a household) to water, electricity, gas, or telephone, typically because of nonpayment of bills.
Example sentences
  • In 1994 12, 500 households were disconnected from water supplies because they couldn't pay.
  • Hundreds of thousands of customers have been disconnected for non-payment of bills, something that was illegal before privatisation.
  • The corporatisation of basic services has meant that millions have been disconnected from water and electricity.


A discrepancy or lack of connection: there can be a disconnect between boardrooms and IT departments when it comes to technology
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  • There are connects and disconnects between those of us who want peace.
  • My original gripe was with the lack of diversity and the total disconnect of the media with its public.
  • I guess I felt a general disconnect with life and with myself around that time.

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Syllabification: dis·con·nect

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