Definitions for: Disengage


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis`en*gage", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disengaged; p.
pr. & vb. n. Disengaging.] [Pref. dis- + engage: cf. F.
d['e]sengager.]
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
Lavoisier.

Syn: To liberate; free; loose; extricate; clear; disentangle;
detach; withdraw; wean.


Dis`en*gage", v. i.
To release one's self; to become detached; to free one's
self.

From a friends's grave how soon we disengage! --Young.

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

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