disengage

To disengage means to "free or disentangle" yourself or some object from another person or object. No, it doesn't mean breaking off your engagement to your beloved — that's "chickening out."

Does your mind wander when someone (your fiancé, for example) talks to you? Well, your mind can disengage as well, that is, stop paying attention. Disengage has quite a formal, intellectual ring to it, even if used about a situation as physical as two armies "disengaging from combat." It's a technical term, and faintly clinical; the kind of word frequently used by politicians and diplomats.

Definitions of disengage
1

v release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles

“I want to disengage myself from his influence”
disengage the gears”
Synonyms:
withdraw
Antonyms:
engage, lock, mesh, operate
keep engaged
Types:
unlock
set free or release
Type of:
let go, let go of, release, relinquish
release, as from one's grip

v free or remove obstruction from

Synonyms:
free
Antonyms:
block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
block passage through
Types:
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dig out
dig out from underneath earth or snow
unclog
become or cause to become unobstructed
loosen up, unstuff
cause to become unblocked
disencumber, disentangle, extricate, untangle
release from entanglement of difficulty
unblock
clear or remove an obstruction from

v become free

“in neutral, the gears disengage
Antonyms:
engage
get caught
Types:
unlock
become unlocked
declutch
disengage the clutch of a car
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

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