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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: distance /ˈdɪstəns/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydistance
he/she/itdistances
present participledistancing
past tensedistanced
past participledistanced
  1. to act in a way that shows that you are not connected with someone or something, usually because you do not approve of them
    distance yourself from someone/something:

    The company is trying to distance itself from remarks made by the former director.

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