detach-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: (Cause to) become separated from something.

NOTE: May be abstract.

Detach the skin from the chicken before you eat it.
John can detach his nose from his face.
His retina detached and he had to be rushed into surgery.
We cannot simply detach ourselves from reality.

VerbNet: disassemble-23.3
FrameNet: Attaching,Becoming_detached,Detaching
PropBank: detach.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: Separate a small unit from a larger, especially for a special assignment.

NOTE: From corporate and military frames.

Detach a regiment to the Balkans.
The army detached two reigments immediately.
They detached a slew of lawyers to argue their case.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2