dis·con·nect / ˌdiskəˈnekt/ • v. [tr.] break the connection of or between: take all violence out of television drama and you disconnect it from reality. ∎ take (an electrical device) out of action by detaching it from a power supply. ∎ interrupt or terminate (a telephone conversation) by breaking the connection: that might explain why her call got disconnected mid-expletive. ∎ (usu. be disconnected) terminate the connection of (a household) to water, electricity, gas, or telephone, typically because of nonpayment of bills. • n. Comput. a discrepancy or lack of connection: there can be a disconnect between boardrooms and IT departments when it comes to technology. DERIVATIVES: dis·con·nec·tion / -ˈnekshən/ n.