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    Question "disengage", used for cars?

    Hi all,

    What does "to leave the car out of gear" mean? Is it the same as "to diengage"?

    And, is "disengage" used when the gear is not engaged? (Any informal term instead of 'diengage' please?)

    Many thanks...

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    Re: "disengage", used for cars?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    What does "to leave the car out of gear" mean? Is it the same as "to disengage"?

    And, is "disengage" used when the gear is not engaged? (Any informal term instead of 'disengage' please?)

    Many thanks...
    Yes, disengaging the gears means leaving a machine out of gear. The commonest way of saying this is "Put/leave the car in neutral".
    Note that you can also disengage the brakes, the clutch etc. so 'disengage' by itself doesn't necessarily mean the gears.

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