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detach

If you separate one thing from another, you are detaching it. As a newborn baby, you became familiar with this concept as soon as your umbilical cord was cut!

You can use the word detach to talk about physically pulling two things apart. For example, when your shirt comes back from the dry cleaner missing a few buttons, it’s safe to assume they got detached during the cleaning process. This word is easy to remember when you consider its antonym attach. Once you have attached that election pin to your lapel, you better detach it when your candidate loses!

Definitions of detach
  1. verb
    cause to become detached or separated; take off
    detach the skin from the chicken before you eat it”
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    Antonyms:
    attach
    cause to be attached
    types:
    break, break off, snap off
    break a piece from a whole
    unbind
    untie or unfasten
    unhook
    take off a hook
    type of:
    disconnect
    make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten
  2. verb
    come to be detached
    “His retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery”
    synonyms: come away, come off
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    Antonyms:
    attach
    become attached
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    blow off
    come off due to an explosion or other strong force
    chop off, cut off, lop off
    remove by or as if by cutting
    unsolder
    remove the soldering from
    fall off
    come off
    abscise
    remove or separate by abscission
    roach
    cut the mane off (a horse)
    type of:
    divide, part, separate
    come apart
  3. verb
    separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment
    detach a regiment”
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    type of:
    divide, separate
    make a division or separation
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