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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Detach \De*tach"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Detached; p. pr. & vb. n. Detaching.] [F. d['e]tacher (cf. It. distaccare, staccare); pref. d['e] (L. dis) + the root found also in E. attach. See Attach, and cf. Staccato.] 1. To part; to separate or disunite; to disengage; -- the opposite of attach; as, to detach the coats of a bulbous root from each other; to detach a man from a leader or from a party. [1913 Webster] 2. To separate for a special object or use; -- used especially in military language; as, to detach a ship from a fleet, or a company from a regiment. Syn: To separate; disunite; disengage; sever; disjoin; withdraw; draw off. See Detail. [1913 Webster]