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disengage from (someone or something)

1. To withdraw from someone or something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun can be used between "disengage" and "from." When she gets that negative, I just have to disengage from her since she's not going to listen to me anyway.
2. To remove or detach something from something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "disengage" and "from." We need to disengage these shelves from the wall so that we can paint over here.
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disengage (oneself) from someone or something

to detach oneself from someone or something; to untangle oneself from someone or something. I wanted to disengage myself from the person I was talking to and go home. We disengaged from the argument.
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disengage something from something

to detach something from something. Sally disengaged the locking mechanism from the cupboard door and peeked in. The coupling was disengaged from the boxcar, and the car separated and rolled away.
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Underpinning these two key offers, and central to the delivery of the framework as a whole, will be better identification and tracking of young people who are at risk of disengaging from education.
The process of disengaging largely resulted in sales of stocks and bonds, with the proceeds placed in short-term debt instruments whose prices tend to be more stable.
GRI Pool Alarms sound an alert when a person (usually a child) opens the door to the swimming pool area without disengaging the Pool Alarm first.
Fewer hours, more vacation time, and flextime cannot fully offset the negative effects of a disengaging workplace on wellbeing," Harter says.
Workers in disengaging workplaces are more than twice as likely to report their organization is letting people go as are those in engaging workplaces.
Supports that are simple to disengage with 1 hand with an upward lifting motion, disengaging the catch and retracting the cover support.
The unit provides utility customers with three new capabilities: telephone line coupling and splitting, front panel audio jacks for injecting exterior frequencies while disengaging the phone lines, and the ability to insert a 50/60 Hz filter in series with oncoming lines.