1. disjointed; broken.
  2. not coherent; seemingly irrational: a disconnected argument.

verb (used with object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.

  1. to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach: They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.

verb (used without object), dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing.

  1. to sever or terminate a connection, as of a telephone; hang up: State your business and disconnect.
  2. to withdraw into one’s private world: When social pressures become too great, she simply disconnects.


  1. an act or instance of disconnecting, especially the suspension of telephone or cable TV service for nonpayment of service charges.
  2. a lack of communication or agreement: There is a huge disconnect between management and employees.


  1. not rationally connected; confused or incoherent
  2. not connected or joined


  1. (tr) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)


  1. a lack of a connection; disconnectiona disconnect between political discourse and the public

1770; see dis- + connect. Perhaps a back-formation from disconnection. Related: Disconnected; disconnecting.

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