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verb British English pronunciation: detach /dɪˈtætʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydetach
he/she/itdetaches
present participledetaching
past tensedetached
past participledetached
  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove a part from something

    A leaf detached itself and fell to the ground.

    detach something from something:

    Two soldiers were struggling to detach the machine gun from its mount.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become removed from something

      The hood fastens to the collar with studs and detaches easily.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to send a group of soldiers to perform a special job separately from the rest of their group

    I proposed detaching a squadron to seize the island.

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