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DETACHED

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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]

Meaning:

Showing lack of emotional involvement

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

unconcerned (lacking in interest or care or feeling)


Sense 2detached [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or feeling set or kept apart from others

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

separate (independent; not united or joint)


Sense 3detached [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

No longer connected or joined

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

unconnected (not joined or linked together)


Sense 4detached [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of buildings; standing apart from others

Context examples:

detached houses / a detached garage

Similar:

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)

Antonym:

attached (used of buildings joined by common sidewalls)


Sense 5detached [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not fixed in position

Synonyms:

free; detached

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unfixed (not firmly placed or set or fastened)


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