dis- +‎ connect


  • (verb) IPA(key): /dɪskəˈnɛkt/
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  • (noun) IPA(key): /dɪskəˈnɛkt/, /ˈdɪskənɛkt/
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  • Hyphenation: dis‧con‧nect
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt


disconnect (third-person singular simple present disconnects, present participle disconnecting, simple past and past participle disconnected)

  1. (transitive) To sever or interrupt a connection.
    My wi-fi got disconnected.
  2. (transitive) To remove the connection between an appliance and an electrical power source.
  3. (intransitive) Of a person, to become detached or withdrawn.


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disconnect (plural disconnects)

  1. A break or interruption in an existing connection, continuum, or process; disconnection.
  2. A switch used to isolate a portion of an electrical circuit.
  3. A lack of connection or accord; a mismatch.
    There's a disconnect between what they think is happening and what is really going on.
    • 2012 October 23, David Leonhardt, New York Times[1]:
      Some of the disconnect between the economy’s problems and the solutions offered by Washington stem from the nature of the current political debate.
  4. (Scientology) The deliberate severing of ties with family, friends, etc. considered antagonistic towards Scientology.

Usage notesEdit

  • Some object to the use of disconnect to mean “disconnection” or “a break or interruption in an existing connection, continuum, or process”, noting the lack of a corresponding sense of connect.