Definition of disengage in English:



  • 1with object Separate or release (someone or something) from something to which they are attached or connected.

    ‘I disengaged his hand from mine’
    ‘they clung together for a moment, then she disengaged herself’
    • ‘An auxiliary pump in the transmission case helps in engaging and disengaging the clutch.’
    • ‘Once outside he connected the trailer to his truck - disengaging the automatic brakes - and watched with horror as the whole vehicle began rolling down the slope.’
    • ‘Not to be outdone, the other soldier kept his footing and ducked, disengaging his sword from Herrick's.’
    • ‘With her slim fingers slightly trembling, Amy disengaged the key he'd given her from her ring and let it spill from her hand to the floor.’
    • ‘Shift into reverse, disengage the handbrake, release the pressure on the clutch.’
    • ‘I disengage it, frown at the watermarks, put it back in to finish drying, glare at the man whose print lay on top of mine.’
    • ‘After disengaging the designated drives, Kelsey gently pushed the power connectors back in.’
    • ‘Chris disengaged the clutch, selected reverse re-engaged the clutch and floored the accelerator within 4 seconds.’
    • ‘Instead of it being a simple switch, a device that connects two wires when you push it and disengages them when you push it again, there was a whole circuit board in there.’
    • ‘Praying that the other two had had enough time, he yelled to Tiffany, and disengaging their swords they turned tail and ran down the corridor.’
    • ‘I shift to the left, disengaging our elbows, leaving room for him to rummage through our five favorite channels.’
    • ‘If the range has an upper oven and fan, disengage the duct connection first.’
    • ‘These functions include starting and stopping the engine, controlling its throttle, and engaging and disengaging an electric clutch that runs the bottom auger.’
    • ‘Often, the driver forgets to disengage the flasher after it has served its purpose, resulting in further confusion since turning indicators are rendered useless.’
    • ‘Instructing me carefully where best to stand on the narrow ledge while disengaging me from the safety rope, it seemed a long way down to where the guys who had jumped before me were watching and shouting encouragement.’
    • ‘The position is slightly tricky to get into: Both scoutwalkers need to disengage their leg stirrups.’
    • ‘He reaches under his shirt and disengages his betel case from the broad multi pocketed belt.’
    • ‘A one-hand or a two-hand release disengages the locking features.’
    • ‘Hence it is necessary to solve the problem without the group disengaging their hands.’
    • ‘Similarly, if the bearing is faulty or distorted, the sound of metal rubbing against metal within the bearing every time you engage or disengage the clutch could cause a squeal.’
    remove, detach, disentangle, extricate, separate, release, loosen, loose, disconnect, unfasten, unclasp, uncouple, decouple, undo, unhook, unloose, unhitch, untie, unyoke, disentwine
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    1. 1.1no object Become released.
      ‘the clutch will not disengage’
      • ‘The supercharger provides boost from just off idle until its clutch progressively disengages near mid-range.’
      • ‘With drive disengaged, the vehicle shot down the slope much too fast and - thrown off balance by the suddenly shifting weight of logs in the back - tipped over.’
      • ‘Once disengaged, the braking mechanisms function independent of each other.’
      • ‘This protects the gearbox from undue stress, gives improved results at mowing, topping etc., and is safer as it ensures that the tractor stops moving when the clutch disengages.’
      • ‘It's completely transparent to the user: you simply accelerate when you want to go, and when you want to stop the car, do so - the engine will idle with the clutch disengaged.’
  • 2with object Remove (troops) from an area of conflict.

    ‘the ceasefire gave the commanders a chance to disengage their forces’
    no object ‘his true intent is to disengage from the messy conflict’
    • ‘Once a red flare is launched then we must disengage from battle.’
    • ‘He reported, ‘Plans were already afoot for the Americans to disengage from the city.’’
    • ‘The three-state solution would permit the United States to disengage from security duties in most of the country.’
    • ‘The government decided in 1959 to disengage from Africa as rapidly as possible after the next general election.’
    • ‘So perhaps now is not the time to disengage from North Asia, although pulling the US troops away is long overdue.’
    • ‘Additionally, units may be forced to fight when attempting to disengage from the enemy, and only the largest or most mobile forces can do so with impunity.’
    • ‘He said his division could not disengage from the country, redeploy, and retrain and refit within the time constraints specified in the war plans his division was apportioned against.’
    • ‘A government statement that troops will disengage from the country by the end of the year has been derided as a political stunt.’
    • ‘The administration has made no secret of its desire to disengage from the Balkans, although it has promised not to make any dramatic troop reductions without consulting with its allies.’
    • ‘He has won domestic support for his plan to disengage from Gaza and the northern West Bank, but an overly ambitious focus would be equally damaging for him.’
    • ‘For peace forces to disengage from coalitions that do not yet have the perfect answers would be both wrong and tragic.’
    • ‘All ships, disengage from enemy forces and rendezvous according to plan three.’
    • ‘Most of all, we must seek to disengage from Iraq - an occupation for which no justification now exists.’
    • ‘Prior to that, the President had done his utmost to disengage from the Israel-Palestine arena, in part so as not to become as heavily involved in the region as his predecessor had been.’
    • ‘At no time during the campaign did the candidate discuss in an honest way the single most important issue facing the country: how to disengage from the war.’
    withdraw, leave, pull out of, move out of, quit, retreat from, retire from, delink from
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  • 3Fencing
    no object Pass the point of one's sword over or under the opponent's sword to change the line of attack.

    • ‘In order to do a precise disengage, you need a precise parry.’
    • ‘The name of the attack is derived solely from the blade motion - for example: disengage, one-two, and so on.’
    • ‘The extra long qullions are specifically designed to protect the sword hand and arm, as well as making it more difficult for the adversary to disengage.’
    • ‘If your lunge causes your opponent to react more than he is comfortable with, you will have the freedom to disengage anytime.’
    • ‘He has trouble disengaging from blockers and sometimes gets pushed off the line of scrimmage.’