detach

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From Old French destachier, from the same root as attach; compare French détacher and Portuguese destacar.

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detach (third-person singular simple present detaches, present participle detaching, simple past and past participle detached)

  1. To take apart from; to take off.
    to detach the tag from a newly purchased garment
  2. (military) To separate for a special object or use.
    to detach a ship from a fleet, or a company from a regiment

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