Definition of detached in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈtatʃt/


1.1(Of a house or other building) not joined to another on either side: a four-bedroomed detached house
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  • The Robin Hood Hotel, in Kingston Vale, was closed in August and developer Bewley Homes wants to demolish it and build six detached and two semi-detached houses.
  • Between those years the cost of a four bedroom detached in Brandlesholme soared from £46, 500 to £175,000.
  • There's an imposing sandstone detached residence, in an exclusive cul-de-sac, with an extensive refurbishment completed.
standing alone, separate, unconnected, not attached
1.2(Of a social worker or social work) operating or based in the community rather than in an office: detached youth workers
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  • She contacted a local detached drug worker in the area who introduced her to some local users and accompanied her on her first few research visits.
  • Our detached youth workers carry ID cards which you should always ask to see.
2Aloof and objective: he is a detached observer of his own actions
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  • But doesn't the combination of an Oxford academic workload and a Blue Boat training regime leave him socially detached from anyone outside the tiny rowing bubble?
  • He tried to concentrate on the opening words of all parties involved, but the sounds seemed to come from a distance and he felt as though he were somewhat detached from it all.
  • All these practices flout psychology's belief that researchers must remain detached from their research in order to preserve their objectivity.



Pronunciation: /dɪˈtatʃɪdli/
Example sentences
  • Now let us calmly attempt, without becoming involved in this dispute, to look detachedly upon the object of the dispute.
  • Just silence, while the words sink and take their effect, while the bruise forms prematurely and I am busy detachedly noting the power of a sentence to destroy me.
  • The assassin sat looking at the police officers detachedly.

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