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WORD ORIGIN

c.1600 in figurative sense; 1660s in literal sense of "detach," from dis- "do the opposite of" + engage (q.v.). Related: Disengaged; disengaging.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.