Definition of disconnect in English:

disconnect

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Break the connection of or between.

    ‘take all violence out of television drama and you disconnect it from reality’
    • ‘Her brain sent panicked messages to her feet, but it was as though she were disconnected from her body.’
    • ‘My mind was completely disconnected from what my body was doing.’
    • ‘I knew I should move, but it was as if my brain had been disconnected from my body; it could shout all it wanted, but my legs weren't going anywhere.’
    • ‘The body is never disconnected from the mind, and in that fact, she finds her drama.’
    • ‘In addition, fire hoses in the residence hall were disconnected and partially dismantled because the equipment was outdated.’
    • ‘Tube fittings connections may be disconnected and remade repeatedly, without loss of leaktight seal.’
    • ‘For a comedian, her intensity is almost humourless, like she's partially disconnected, operating on a slightly different plane.’
    • ‘Nothing got rid of the feeling that his arms were disconnected from his body.’
    • ‘Fragmented worldview disconnects us from nature’
    • ‘Loneliness is a painful emotional feeling of being disconnected, cut-off or isolated from the rest of our world.’
    • ‘Rites of passage, which disconnect ritual moments from the normal flow of life, break the passage of time, representing it as a constant replay of opposed movements.’
    • ‘However, hydraulically driven attachments, such as augers, still require you to connect and disconnect hydraulic lines by hand.’
    • ‘Without interaction, the parts or units are disconnected and free-standing.’
    • ‘It's us isolating ourselves together, disconnecting ourselves from everything going on around us in order to make this art.’
    • ‘The people who are involved in this operation are under investigation by council officials and will be required to disconnect their illegal connections or face prosecution.’
    • ‘Some professional settings can promote isolation, disconnecting clients from their natural support networks.’
    • ‘I would like a novel to be just that, a random collection of seemingly disconnected events because that is what my life is.’
    • ‘Always make sure you isolate and tag a motor before you disconnect it.’
    • ‘Now I was the granddaughter of tailors capable of weaving tales, of tying threads together and connecting them and even disconnecting them.’
    • ‘It seemed that she was disconnected from her body.’
    separate, cut off, divorce, sever, isolate, divide, part, disengage, delink, dissociate, remove
    detach, disengage, uncouple, decouple, unhook, unhitch, unlink, undo, unfasten, unyoke, disarticulate
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    1. 1.1 Take (an electrical device) out of action by detaching it from a power supply.
      • ‘Ricky and Fred are addicted to TV, so the lonely ladies of the house decide to teach them a lesson and disconnect the antenna.’
      • ‘However, he said he believed the power supply had been disconnected when the alarms started to beep - a warning that the batteries needed to be replaced.’
      • ‘Turn off and disconnect the power cord during an electrical storm.’
      • ‘The sequential compression devices are disconnected, and the patient's vital signs are assessed.’
      • ‘I read that I had to disconnect the monitor when I switched the computer on, for it to work.’
      • ‘Always disconnect the appliance before cleaning.’
      • ‘The circulating nurse covers the patient with warm blankets and works with the anesthesia care provider to disconnect the monitoring devices.’
      • ‘If your aircraft is intact after an event, and you need the data from the device, remove or disconnect the power plugs before applying any electrical power to the aircraft.’
      • ‘I made a mental note to disconnect the machine next time he called.’
      • ‘Father and son disconnected the old stove then lugged it outdoors.’
      • ‘As he continued his remarks, a few individuals rushed the stage and twice disconnected his microphone, forcing him to halt the speech.’
      • ‘The occupant was evacuated while electrical engineers disconnected the power, allowing the firefighters to enter.’
      • ‘She disconnected her computer and played games for a bit before finally going to sleep.’
      • ‘Shocked to hear this piece of information, she rushed home, examined her computer, disconnected the web camera and lodged a complaint with the police.’
      • ‘The problem has been attributed to temporary traffic lights being set up in the area when the nearby permanent traffic lights were not disconnected and synchronised.’
      • ‘I wake to find Gwen has unplugged all the phones and disconnected the doorbell so I'm not disturbed.’
      • ‘Turn off or disconnect appliances or electronics you were using when the power went out.’
      • ‘Before you begin be sure the lamp is disconnected from the wall plug.’
      • ‘I was still concerned enough to get up and disconnect my answering machine and computer, as I know people who have had their phone lines struck by lightning.’
      deactivate, shut off, turn off, switch off, unplug, de-energize, detach from a power supply
      cut off, stop
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    2. 1.2 Interrupt or terminate (a telephone conversation) by breaking the connection.
      ‘that might explain why her call got disconnected mid-expletive’
      • ‘The mystery caller abruptly disconnected their conversation.’
      • ‘Ford disconnected the telephone line and reactivated the radio link.’
      • ‘Family and friends ringing in were charged to listen to a lengthy message only to find that calls were disconnected before being put through to the patient.’
      • ‘With a click, Haley disconnected herself from the conversation.’
      • ‘This meant all telephone lines in the area were immediately disconnected.’
      terminate, stop, discontinue, break off
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    3. 1.3 Terminate the connection of (a household) to water, electricity, gas, or telephone, typically because of nonpayment of bills.
      • ‘In 1994 12, 500 households were disconnected from water supplies because they couldn't pay.’
      • ‘Electricity, gas and telephones in the area have been disconnected but may be restored to some parts of the area if safety permits.’
      • ‘Half the time our electricity was disconnected and running water a luxury.’
      • ‘Hundreds of thousands of customers have been disconnected for non-payment of bills, something that was illegal before privatisation.’
      • ‘In another case, Patsy and her large family were disconnected without notice for $400 in arrears.’
      • ‘Last week the strikers disconnected the electricity and water supplies to the company's premises, causing the temporary closure of its headquarters.’
      • ‘Today the club's electricity has been disconnected because of non-payment.’
      • ‘This means if your water account is in arrears, your electricity might be disconnected.’
      • ‘Mobile phone users now have only fifteen days, instead of thirty five, to clear overdue bills before they are disconnected.’
      • ‘The new law in the UK takes away water companies' powers to disconnect water supply for non-payment, or to limit the supply with the intention of enforcing payment.’
      • ‘In January a similar move to disconnect non-payers caused outrage when businesses across the city were put out of action.’
      • ‘The decision had been surprising to many who found their telephone lines disconnected despite having paid the bill.’
      • ‘The one million households who are disconnected from their fixed telephone line must pay up to £75 to get reconnected.’
      • ‘The water was disconnected, and yesterday it was reconnected after guarantee of payment.’
      • ‘103 children lived in families whose electricity was disconnected.’
      • ‘The building contractors wrote to us in February and we have applied for the electricity to be disconnected.’
      • ‘Water will be disconnected from 3.00 pm. to 8.30 a.m. the following day.’
      • ‘Cable TV has also been disconnected for non payment of the fees.’
      • ‘Her cell phone has been disconnected and bills that I mailed have been ignored.’
      • ‘The corporatisation of basic services has meant that millions have been disconnected from water and electricity.’
      deactivate, shut off, turn off, switch off, unplug, de-energize, detach from a power supply
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noun

  • 1An instance of disconnecting or being disconnected.

    [as modifier] ‘a disconnect message’
    1. 1.1 A discrepancy or lack of connection.
      ‘there can be a disconnect between boardrooms and IT departments when it comes to technology’
      • ‘There's a lot of elements where we've had a disconnect with the reader base of today.’
      • ‘There are many disconnects between school as it exists now and the working lives of parents.’
      • ‘Hope against hope, at a certain point, becomes too searingly painful to watch, because the disconnect between the glimmer of hope and the inevitable grief is just too dissonant.’
      • ‘Part of the disconnect, here, seems to be cultural.’
      • ‘Instead of feeling empowered, or united, there is a disconnect.’
      • ‘My original gripe was with the lack of diversity and the total disconnect of the media with its public.’
      • ‘There are connects and disconnects between those of us who want peace.’
      • ‘Our recent opinion research uncovered words, messages, and services that don't resonate with people and create disconnects.’
      • ‘A distinct pattern is beginning to emerge in the disconnect between the words and deeds of the Administration.’
      • ‘But at the same time, I thought there was a disconnect there.’
      • ‘When it comes to education and jobs, there's a real disconnect between what we talk about in Washington and what people are experiencing.’
      • ‘In the coming months, the potential for a disconnect between voters and the policies of the new government's leaders is enormous.’
      • ‘What we have now is a kind of a disconnect between that genuine grassroots movement and the old oligarchs, if you will, who are busy self perpetuating themselves.’
      • ‘Perhaps the answer to the disconnect between stated parental goals and educational outcomes lies in the culture's traditional suspicion of education.’
      • ‘There is a profound disconnect between what we are told everyone wants and what people in the region actually want.’
      • ‘In fact, every day the array of mass-media fixations is a very big swirl of disconnects.’
      • ‘I guess I felt a general disconnect with life and with myself around that time.’
      • ‘So I think there is a little bit of a disconnect there.’
      • ‘And nothing causes more of a disconnect between theory and truth than unexamined a priori assumptions.’
      • ‘Sometimes the disconnect between the editorial page and the real world is so vast I wonder whether we can ever agree about anything any more.’

Pronunciation:

disconnect

/ˌdiskəˈnekt/