- 1Disengage (something or part of something) and remove it: he detached the front lamp from its bracket • figurative federal strings need to be detached to restore parental authorityMore example sentences
- After her brief romance with Dudley, Elizabeth sought to detach her emotions from political considerations.
- It would set the strategic direction of the NHS and is designed to detach the service from political interference.
- Hall, who last featured for City on February 5, has now had the pot removed and stitches taken out after surgery detached a troublesome tendon in his heel.
- 1.1 [no object] Be easily removable: the screen detaches from the keyboardMore example sentences
- But in the course of playing out his spoof, Cervantes replaces the omniscience of the typical chivalric narrator with a pervasive uncertainty that detaches from the parody and becomes, in its own right, an aspect of the book.
- Dr. Hecky said, ‘During these months the algae detaches from the bottom of the lakes, floats to the surface and is washed up onto beaches where it decomposes.’
- If you're in any way a regular consumer of news media, you've probably got that condition where, when a word is repeated enough times, it sort of detaches from its meaning and just becomes a sound with no connotation.
- 1.2 (detach oneself from) Leave or separate oneself from (a group or place): a figure in brown detached itself from the shadowsMore example sentences
- After his sudden death, it was found that a blood clot had detached itself from inside his knee and found its way into his lungs.
- In Tibet, there is a separate designation for those who can detach themselves from their physical bodies.
- The woman, in a wistful reverie, holds her hand round the cup while she waits for the tea to cool, relishing the warm china and the aromatic steam, which she watches as it detaches itself from the brim of the cup.
- 1.3 (detach oneself from) Avoid or put an end to any connection or association with: the newspaper detached itself from the political partiesMore example sentences
free oneself from, separate oneself from, segregate oneself from; move away from, split off from; leave, abandondissociate oneself from, divorce oneself from, alienate oneself from, separate (oneself) from, segregate oneself from, isolate oneself from, cut oneself off from; break away from, disaffiliate oneself from, defect from; leave, quit, withdraw from, break with
- Where U.S. national interests lie - and Europe's too, especially since after Madrid, it's increasingly hard to sustain the argument that Europeans can avoid terrorism simply by detaching themselves from the United States.
- It allows people to detach themselves from the problems that afflict society and to separate themselves from any responsibility.
- I'm better at detaching myself from [my work] as time goes on.
- 2 (usually be detached) Military Send (a group of soldiers or ships) on a separate mission: our crew was detached to Puerto Rico for the exerciseMore example sentences
- The square was then modified so that an element could be detached, marched to be adjacent to the enemy, and the enemy flanked.
- While in France, the 442nd was detached from the 34th Division and attached to the 36th Division of the Seventh Army.
- Yamamoto's Midway Force had also detached a powerful Aleutian Screening Force to act as distant cover for Kakuta but this was withdrawn when the battle off Midway failed to go Yamamoto's way.
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- Their permissive detachability may have undercut an important instrument of pastoral care.
- What guarantees the detachability of art from mimetic representation is the fact that the fundamental form of esthetic mimesis is not the imitation of ‘reality,’ but the imitation of others.
- She argued that, ‘the detachability of items has nothing to do with alienation; the parts circulate as parts of persons.’
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- In some weird colonial legacy the trousers have a button-in detachable lining, which can be taken out and washed separately to save wear and tear.
- It's a digital camcorder with a detachable 1.08-megapixel still camera.
- He seems to suggest that spiritual beliefs are detachable, something to be put aside when we get down to the serious business of building a society.
late 16th century (in the sense 'discharge a gun'): from French détacher, earlier destacher, from des- (expressing reversal) + attacher 'attach'.