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disengage

verb
     
Related topics: Army, Mechanical, Motor Vehicles
dis‧en‧gage
1 [transitive] to move so that you are not touching or holding someone
disengage yourself
Sally found it difficult to disengage herself from his embrace.
2 [intransitive and transitive]TEMTTC if you disengage something, especially a part of a machine, or if it disengages, you make it move away from another part that it was connected to [≠ engage]:
Disengage the gears when you park the car.
He tapped in the code and the lock disengaged.
3 [intransitive] to stop being involved or interested in something
disengage from
Too many young people disengage from learning.
4 [intransitive and transitive]PMA if two armies disengage, they stop fighting [≠ engage]
disengagement noun [uncountable]

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