Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: détacher, from Old French destachier, from atachier 'to attach'


1 [intransitive and transitive] if you detach something, or if it detaches, it becomes separated from the thing it was attached to [≠ attach]
detach something from something
You can detach the hood from the jacket.
Please detach and fill out the application form.

detach yourself from somebody/something

to try to be less involved in or less concerned about a situation:
Doctors have to detach themselves from their feelings.

Dictionary results for "detach"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.