Definition of decouple in US English:

decouple

verb

[with object]
  • 1Separate, disengage, or dissociate (something) from something else.

    ‘the mountings effectively decouple movements of the engine from those of the wheels’
    • ‘This is an important development and he has therefore decided that the dairy cow premium and the national envelope should be decoupled with effect from 1 January 2005.’
    • ‘In the new era where premia are decoupled from production, beef, sheep and tillage farmers must generate a worthwhile margin, excluding the single farm payment, from actual farming.’
    • ‘Kluge's Learning Processes with a Deadly Outcome is less successful than his earlier Case Histories because he decouples the human element from his reportage style.’
    • ‘The proposals to decouple direct payments from production and pay farmers a lump sum based on previous years' payments is seen as a major stumbling block for new entrants and existing young farmers he said.’
    • ‘Just as women's motherly character was decoupled from their reproductive role, female love was dissociated from female sexuality.’
    • ‘‘The Fischler proposals will reduce the farmer's ability to earn a decent income by decoupling payments from production ’, she said.’
    • ‘The group believe the findings have implications for Irish farmers in the medium term as direct payments are decoupled from production.’
    • ‘He said that in the new era where premia are decoupled from production a price rise will be essential for beef produced during the expensive winter period.’
    • ‘Key issues for the union include decoupling subsidy from production to whole farm payments and changes to the budget to pay for rural development and other reforms.’
    • ‘And the key proposal as previously reported is to decouple payments from cattle, sheep or crops based on historic earnings.’
    • ‘The two governments will also make it clear that they are decoupling the Joint Declaration from the previous Agreement.’
    • ‘The Minister said that a decision to fully decouple support payments from production was made as a consequence of the 2003 CAP Reform Agreement.’
    • ‘Farm programs generally cannot be decoupled from production and they contribute to the high price of farmland.’
    • ‘He predicted the eventual removal of all supply controls, including quota and set aside regulations because the EU will continue to decouple payments from production.’
    • ‘Detailed proposals for the mid-term review of the Common Agricultural Policy are most likely to include a move to decouple direct payments from production.’
    • ‘IT professionals now understand the benefits achievable with virtual infrastructures by decoupling the logical from the physical.’
    • ‘It is expected to include the decoupling of farm subsidy payments from production.’
    • ‘Yet this very ease of distribution is quite obviously also a problem for producers in that it is decoupled from any possible financial reward.’
    • ‘However these proposals have nothing to do with the proposal to decouple beef and sheep production from subsidies.’
    detach, disengage, uncouple, unhook, unhitch, unlink, undo, unfasten, unyoke, disarticulate
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    1. 1.1 Make the interaction between (electrical components) so weak that there is little transfer of energy between them, especially to remove unwanted AC distortion or oscillations in circuits with a common power supply.
      • ‘Data were acquired with single pulse excitation under high-power broadband proton decoupling.’
      • ‘This is a technique for decoupling the energy storage system voltage from the DC link voltage in AC electric drive systems.’
    2. 1.2 Muffle the sound or shock of (a nuclear explosion) by causing it to take place in an underground cavity.

Pronunciation

decouple

/dēˈkəpəl/