Definitions for: Detach

[v] cause to become detached or separated; take off; "detach the skin from the chicken before you eat it"
[v] come to be detached; "His retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery"
[v] military use: separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp. for a special assignment; "detach a regiment"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*tach", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detached; p. pr. & vb.
n. Detaching.] [F. d['e]tacher (cf. It. distaccare,
staccare); pref. d['e] (L. dis) + the root found also in E.
attach. See Attach, and cf. Staccato.]
1. To part; to separate or disunite; to disengage; -- the
opposite of attach; as, to detach the coats of a bulbous
root from each other; to detach a man from a leader or
from a party.

2. To separate for a special object or use; -- used
especially in military language; as, to detach a ship from
a fleet, or a company from a regiment.

Syn: To separate; disunite; disengage; sever; disjoin;
withdraw; draw off. See Detail.

De*tach", v. i.
To push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to

[A vapor] detaching, fold by fold, From those still
heights. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: come away, come off

Antonyms: attach

See Also: blow off, break, break off, chop off, cut off, disconnect, divide, divide, fall off, lop off, part, separate, separate, snap off, unbind, unhook, unsolder

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