disconnects, disconnecting, disconnected
1) VERB To disconnect a piece of equipment means to separate it from its source of power or to break a connection that it needs in order to work.

[V n] The device automatically disconnects the ignition when the engine is switched off...

[V n] Vicky Brown arrived home to find the men disconnecting her microwave...

[be V-ed] She ran back to the phone. The line was disconnected, though not dead.

2) VERB: usu passive If you are disconnected by a gas, electricity, water, or telephone company, they turn off the connection to your house, usually because you have not paid the bill.

[be V-ed] You are likely to be given almost three months - until the time of your next bill - before you are disconnected.

3) VERB If you disconnect something from something else, you separate the two things.

[V n from n] He disconnected the IV bottle from the overhead hook and carried it beside the moving cart.


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