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English verb: detach

1. detach (contact) cause to become detached or separated; take off

SamplesDetach the skin from the chicken before you eat it.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)disconnect

Narrower (hyponym)break, break off, snap off, unbind, unhook


2. detach (motion) separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment

SamplesDetach a regiment.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)divide, separate

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

3. detach (contact) come to be detached

SamplesHis retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery.

Synonymscome away, come off

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)divide, part, separate

Narrower (hyponym)blow off, chop off, cut off, fall off, lop off, unsolder


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