/ dɪˈtætʃ; NAmE / verb
detach (sth) (from sth) to remove sth from sth larger; to become separated from sth :
[ vn ]
Detach the coupon and return it as soon as possible
One of the panels had become detached from the main structure.
[ v ]
The skis should detach from the boot if you fall.
[ vn ] detach yourself (from sb/sth) ( formal ) to leave or separate yourself from sb/sth :
She detached herself from his embrace.
( figurative )
I tried to detach myself from the reality of these terrible events.
[ vn ] ( technical ) to send a group of soldiers, etc. away from the main group, especially to do special duties
late 16th cent. (in the sense discharge a gun ): from French détacher , earlier destacher , from des- (expressing reversal) + attacher attach.