• IPA: /ˌdɪsɪŋˈɡeɪdʒ/

disengage (plural disengages)

  1. (fencing) A circular movement of the blade that avoids the opponent's parry

disengage (disengages, present participle disengaging; past and past participle disengaged)

  1. (ambitransitive) To release#Verb|release or loosen from something that bind#Verb|binds, entangles, hold#Verb|holds, or interlocks.
    Synonyms: detach, disentangle, free, unfasten
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “[Letter the First]”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], volume I, London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗, pages 213–214 ↗:
      Diſingaging myſelf then from his embrace, I made him ſenſible of the reaſons there were for his preſent leaving me; on which, tho' reluctantly, he put on his cloaths with as little expedition, however, as he could help, wantonly interrupting himſelf between whiles, with kiſſes, touches, and embraces, I could not refuſe myſelf to; [...]
    • 1894, George du Maurier, “Part Third”, in Trilby: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, OCLC 174215199 ↗, page 165 ↗:
      With the help of a sleepy waiter, Little Billee got the bacchanalian into his room and lit his candle for him, and, disengaging himself from his maudlin embraces, left him to wallow in solitude.
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