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 for detach
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Detach \De*tach"\, v. i.
     To push asunder; to come off or separate from anything; to
     [1913 Webster]
           [A vapor] detaching, fold by fold,
           From those still heights.                --Tennyson.
     [1913 Webster]

From 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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: cause to become detached or separated; take off; "detach
           the skin from the chicken before you eat it" [ant:
      2: separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a
         special assignment; "detach a regiment"
      3: come to be detached; "His retina detached and he had to be
         rushed into surgery" [syn: detach, come off, come away]
         [ant: attach]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  113 Moby Thesaurus words for "detach":
     abstract, accredit, assign, authorize, break up, call up, cast off,
     charge, charter, commandeer, commission, commit, conscript,
     consign, cut off, deactivate, debrief, delegate, demob, demobilize,
     depute, deputize, detach for service, detail, devolute, devolve,
     devolve upon, disaffiliate, disassemble, disband, discharge,
     disconnect, disengage, disentangle, disintegrate, disjoin,
     dismantle, dismember, dismiss, dismount, disorganize, disperse,
     dissociate, dissolve, disunite, divorce, doff, draft, empower,
     enlist, enroll, entrust, free, give in charge, go separate ways,
     impress, induct, join, let go, levy, liberate, license, list,
     loose, loosen, mission, mobilize, muster, muster in, muster out,
     part, part company, post, press, raise, recruit, release, remove,
     scatter, send out, separate, sever, sign on, sign up, split up,
     summon, sunder, take apart, take off, transfer, unbar, unbind,
     unbolt, unbuckle, unbutton, unchain, unclasp, uncouple, undo,
     unfasten, unfetter, unglue, unlace, unlatch, unleash, unlock,
     unloose, unloosen, unstick, unstrap, untie, warrant,
     weigh anchor

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