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verb     disengage pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledisengaging
past tensedisengaged
past participledisengaged
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if part of a machine disengages, or if you disengage it, it is no longer connected to the main part of the machine

    An electronic mechanism in the gear lever will automatically disengage the clutch.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to separate someone or something from the person or thing that holds them
  3. 3
    [intransitive] formal if an army disengages, it stops fighting in an area

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