Definition of disengage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsɛnˈɡeɪdʒ/


1 [with object] Separate or release (someone or something) from something to which they are attached or connected: I disengaged his hand from mine they clung together for a moment, then she disengaged herself
More example sentences
  • A one-hand or a two-hand release disengages the locking features.
  • Shift into reverse, disengage the handbrake, release the pressure on the clutch.
  • Once outside he connected the trailer to his truck - disengaging the automatic brakes - and watched with horror as the whole vehicle began rolling down the slope.
1.1 [no object] Become released: the clutch will not disengage
More example sentences
  • It's completely transparent to the user: you simply accelerate when you want to go, and when you want to stop the car, do so - the engine will idle with the clutch disengaged.
  • The supercharger provides boost from just off idle until its clutch progressively disengages near mid-range.
  • This protects the gearbox from undue stress, gives improved results at mowing, topping etc., and is safer as it ensures that the tractor stops moving when the clutch disengages.
2 [with object] Remove (troops) from an area of conflict: the ceasefire gave the commanders a chance to disengage their forces [no object]: plans were already afoot for the Americans to disengage from the city
More example sentences
  • A government statement that troops will disengage from the country by the end of the year has been derided as a political stunt.
  • For peace forces to disengage from coalitions that do not yet have the perfect answers would be both wrong and tragic.
  • All ships, disengage from enemy forces and rendezvous according to plan three.
withdraw, leave, pull out of, move out of, quit, retreat from, retire from, delink from
3 [no object] Fencing Pass the point of one’s sword over or under the opponent’s sword to change the line of attack.
Example sentences
  • In order to do a precise disengage, you need a precise parry.
  • If your lunge causes your opponent to react more than he is comfortable with, you will have the freedom to disengage anytime.
  • The name of the attack is derived solely from the blade motion - for example: disengage, one-two, and so on.


A disengaging movement.
Example sentences
  • Your feint (which always precedes a disengage even if you don't mean to) should be in a clear line.
  • The intention was to pick up Clarence's arm on the disengage.
  • The second illustration shows the losing fencer having dropped his point and commenced a disengage to the inside line.

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