v. dis·con·nect·ed, dis·con·nect·ing, dis·con·nects
1. To sever or interrupt the connection of or between: disconnected the hose.
2. Electricity To shut off the current in (an appliance) by removing its connection to a power source.
To sever or interrupt a connection.
A lack of connection; a disparity: "There is a cosmic disconnect between what the voters want and what the party of the corporate interests can give them" (Bob Herbert).
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