When you disconnect something, you detach or separate it from something else. If you work plowing driveways during the winter, you need to disconnect the plow from your truck in the spring.

You can disconnect toy train cars, and you can also disconnect your laptop from its charger. In fact, unplugging electrical appliances is another way to disconnect something. Disconnect also means a lack of understanding or connection. So there might be a disconnect between you and your brother, or between what a politician promises to do and what she actually does. Disconnect combines dis-, "the opposite of" with connect, from the Latin conectere, "join together."

Definitions of disconnect

v make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten

connect, link, link up, tie
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
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decouple, uncouple
disconnect or separate
cause to become detached or separated; take off
break, break off, snap off
break a piece from a whole
untie or unfasten
take off a hook
Type of:
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart

v pull the plug of (electrical appliances) and render inoperable

connect, plug in, plug into
plug into an outlet
Type of:
cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect

n an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding)

“there is a vast disconnect between public opinion and federal policy”
disconnection, gulf
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inequality or difference in some respect

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