verb (used with object)

  1. to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.
  2. Military. to send away (a regiment, ship, etc.) on a special mission.

verb (tr)

  1. to disengage and separate or remove, as by pulling; unfasten; disconnect
  2. military to separate (a small unit) from a larger, esp for a special assignment

1680s, from French détacher “to detach, untie,” from Old French destachier, from des- “apart” + attachier “attach” (see attach). Related: Detached; detaching.


  1. To separate or unfasten; disconnect.
  2. To remove from association or union with something.

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