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Meaning of DISENGAGE

Pronunciation:  `disen'geyj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become free; as of gears, for example
  2. [v]  free or remove obstruction from
  3. [v]  release from something that holds fast. connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears"

DISENGAGE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: free, withdraw
 Antonyms: block, close up, engage, engage, impede, jam, lock, mesh, obstruct, obturate, occlude, operate
 See Also: change state, declutch, dig out, disencumber, disentangle, extricate, let go, let go of, loosen up, release, relinquish, turn, unclog, unlock, unlock, unstuff, untangle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis`en*gage"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disengaged}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Disengaging}.] [Pref. dis- + engage: cf. F.
    To release from that with which anything is engaged,
    engrossed, involved, or entangled; to extricate; to detach;
    to set free; to liberate; to clear; as, to disengage one from
    a party, from broils and controversies, from an oath,
    promise, or occupation; to disengage the affections a
    favorite pursuit, the mind from study.
          To disengage him and the kingdom, great sums were to be
          borrowed.                                --Milton.
          Caloric and light must be disengaged during the
          process.                                 --Transl. of
    Syn: To liberate; free; loose; extricate; clear; disentangle;
         detach; withdraw; wean.
  2. \Dis`en*gage"\, v. i.
    To release one's self; to become detached; to free one's
          From a friends's grave how soon we disengage! --Young.
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