Definition of detached in English:



  • 1Separate or disconnected.

    unfastened, disconnected, disengaged, parted, separated, separate, uncoupled, removed, loosed, loosened, untied, unhitched, undone, unhooked, unbuttoned, unzipped, free, severed, cut off, hacked off, torn off, broken off
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    1. 1.1 (of a house or other building) not joined to another on either side.
      ‘a four-bedroomed detached house’
      • ‘The house is now a three-storey detached residence accessed from Sion Road through recessed gates.’
      • ‘Shanahoe is an attractive village with a relatively high number of large detached houses.’
      • ‘For sale by private treaty is a private development of just four three bedroom detached houses finished to the highest standard in the picturesque village of Ardattin in South Carlow.’
      • ‘Between those years the cost of a four bedroom detached in Brandlesholme soared from £46, 500 to £175,000.’
      • ‘The bungalow has a detached garage and lies on a site of 0.5 acres.’
      • ‘Halifax says that the rise reflects the fact that detached houses are increasingly the aspiration of homeowners.’
      • ‘Outside, there is a detached garage/workshop on the 0.27 acre site.’
      • ‘Copmanthorpe Parish Council has voiced strong objections to plans to demolish the former health centre on Horseman Lane, and build three detached town houses on the land.’
      • ‘The properties will range from two bedroom terraced houses to five bedroom detached properties, and will include 13 low cost homes.’
      • ‘The two unsold detached villas have asking prices of 19,350 and 19,651 yuan a square metre.’
      • ‘This four bedroom detached bungalow is located in a mature and highly regarded residential area of the town.’
      • ‘A tarmac driveway allows for off-street parking and there is also a detached garage.’
      • ‘"This detached home has a beautifully presented interior with a westerly rear orientation.’
      • ‘They believe that everyone wants to live in single-family detached houses in the middle of an acre of land.’
      • ‘There's an imposing sandstone detached residence, in an exclusive cul-de-sac, with an extensive refurbishment completed.’
      • ‘The four bed detached residence was restored in a way which does not detract from the history of the place.’
      • ‘The four-bedroom detached residence now on the market carries a guide price of £365,000.’
      • ‘No decision has yet been taken about what will replace the properties, but it is understood that detached housing is the most likely option.’
      • ‘The Robin Hood Hotel, in Kingston Vale, was closed in August and developer Bewley Homes wants to demolish it and build six detached and two semi-detached houses.’
      standing alone, separate, unconnected, not attached
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    2. 1.2 (of a social worker or social work) operating or based in the community rather than in an office.
      ‘detached youth workers’
      • ‘She contacted a local detached drug worker in the area who introduced her to some local users and accompanied her on her first few research visits.’
      • ‘Our detached youth workers carry ID cards which you should always ask to see.’
  • 2Aloof and objective.

    ‘he is a detached observer of his own actions’
    • ‘All these practices flout psychology's belief that researchers must remain detached from their research in order to preserve their objectivity.’
    • ‘My findings turned out to be less positive than I expected, and it's an indicator of how much more detached I feel from my job these days than I used to that this doesn't bother me unduly.’
    • ‘I was amazed at how detached I was from the whole scene.’
    • ‘He'd just do his best to be as detached as possible.’
    • ‘Did you find it hard to remain emotionally detached?’
    • ‘He tried to concentrate on the opening words of all parties involved, but the sounds seemed to come from a distance and he felt as though he were somewhat detached from it all.’
    • ‘Individual scientists are not emotionally detached from their research.’
    • ‘I was a little bit - you know, detached from everything.’
    • ‘As he stood there, Jim felt oddly detached.’
    • ‘I was supposed to be indifferent, nonchalant and completely detached from him.’
    • ‘At the film's opening, Sullivan seems entirely detached from his son and the tenderness that he instantly develops once disaster strikes seems to come from thin blue air.’
    • ‘Nirvana never sounded as detached as the Pixies, or as fluid, or as fun.’
    • ‘Necessarily, he was a little bit more detached.’
    • ‘Although I FEEL rather detached in most aspect in my life right now, my mind has been frantically active and many thoughts are racing inside my brain.’
    • ‘It's all sophisticated, detached and sometimes rather eerie.’
    • ‘"For the first 24 hours I was emotionally detached from everything going on.’
    • ‘She smiled at him briefly and said hello, trying to sound as detached as possible.’
    • ‘But doesn't the combination of an Oxford academic workload and a Blue Boat training regime leave him socially detached from anyone outside the tiny rowing bubble?’
    • ‘If you're able to stay emotionally detached from your investments, this can be a good strategy to follow.’
    • ‘It is therefore easier to accept a certain amount of ‘collateral damage’ if we are emotionally detached from the lives of those involved.’
    dispassionate, disinterested, indifferent, objective, uninvolved, aloof, outside, remote, distant, impersonal, open-minded, neutral, unbiased, unprejudiced, impartial, non-partisan, with no axe to grind, fair, fair-minded, just, equitable, even-handed, unselfish
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