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 Dictionary entry overview: What does detached mean? 

DETACHED (adjective)
  The adjective DETACHED has 5 senses:

1. showing lack of emotional involvement
2. being or feeling set or kept apart from others
3. no longer connected or joined
4. used of buildings; standing apart from others
5. not fixed in position

  Familiarity information: DETACHED used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

DETACHED (adjective)

Sense 1detached [BACK TO TOP]


Showing lack of emotional involvement


detached; degage; uninvolved

Context examples:

adopted a degage pose on the arm of the easy chair / she may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's not hypocritically effusive / an uninvolved bystander


unconcerned (lacking in interest or care or feeling)

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Being or feeling set or kept apart from others


separated; set-apart; detached; isolated

Context examples:

she felt detached from the group / could not remain the isolated figure he had been / thought of herself as alone and separated from the others / had a set-apart feeling


separate (independent; not united or joint)

Sense 3detached [BACK TO TOP]


No longer connected or joined


detached; separated

Context examples:

a detached part / on one side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached / the separated spacecraft will return to their home bases


unconnected (not joined or linked together)

Sense 4detached [BACK TO TOP]


Used of buildings; standing apart from others

Context examples:

detached houses / a detached garage


freestanding; separate (standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything)

semidetached (attached on one side only)

Domain category:

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)


attached (used of buildings joined by common sidewalls)

Sense 5detached [BACK TO TOP]


Not fixed in position


free; detached

Context examples:

the detached shutter fell on him / he pulled his arm free and ran


unfixed (not firmly placed or set or fastened)

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