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disengage (verb) separate; free something or a person from what is holding them.
A mother disengages herself from the embrace of a sleeping child if she frees herself from it. A rail car is disengaged from the engine if it is separated from the engine. You disengage yourself from a responsibility if you no longer feel bound by it.
- While being led to court, the criminal disengaged himself from the slack grip of the constable and ran away.
- When you change the gear to the neuter, the wheels of your car are disengaged from the engine and slow down to a stop.