Detach De*tach", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Detached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Detaching}.] [F. d['e]tacher (cf. It. distaccare, staccare); pref. d['e] (L. dis) + the root found also in E. attach. See {Attach}, and cf. {Staccato}.] 1. To part; to separate or disunite; to disengage; -- the opposite of attach; as, to detach the coats of a bulbous root from each other; to detach a man from a leader or from a party. [1913 Webster]

2. To separate for a special object or use; -- used especially in military language; as, to detach a ship from a fleet, or a company from a regiment.

Syn: To separate; disunite; disengage; sever; disjoin; withdraw; draw off. See {Detail}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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