from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To set or keep apart; disunite.
- transitive v. To space apart; scatter: small farms that were separated one from another by miles of open land.
- transitive v. To sort: separate mail by postal zones.
- transitive v. To differentiate or discriminate between; distinguish: a researcher who separated the various ethnic components of the population sample.
- transitive v. To remove from a mixture or combination; isolate.
- transitive v. To part (a couple), often by decree: She was separated from her husband last year.
- transitive v. To terminate a contractual relationship, as military service, with; discharge.
- intransitive v. To come apart.
- intransitive v. To withdraw: The state threatened to separate from the Union.
- intransitive v. To part company; disperse.
- intransitive v. To stop living together as spouses.
- intransitive v. To become divided into components or parts: Oil and water tend to separate.
- adj. Set or kept apart; disunited: Libraries often have a separate section for reference books.
- adj. Existing as an independent entity.
- adj. Having undergone schism or estrangement from a parent body: Separate churches.
- adj. Dissimilar from all others; distinct: "a policeman's way of being separate from you even when he was being nice” ( John le Carré).
- adj. Not shared; individual: two people who held separate views on the issue.
- adj. Archaic Withdrawn from others; solitary.
- n. A garment, such as a skirt, jacket, or pair of slacks, that may be purchased separately and worn in various combinations with other garments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Apart from (the rest); not connected to or attached to (anything else).
- adj. Not together (with); not united (to).
- v. To divide (a thing) into separate parts.
- v. To cause (things or people) to be separate.
- v. To divide itself into separate pieces or substances.
- n. Anything that is sold by itself, especially an article of clothing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To disunite; to divide; to disconnect; to sever; to part in any manner.
- transitive v. To come between; to keep apart by occupying the space between; to lie between.
- transitive v. To set apart; to select from among others, as for a special use or service.
- intransitive v. To part; to become disunited; to be disconnected; to withdraw from one another.
- adj. Divided from another or others; disjoined; disconnected; separated; -- said of things once connected.
- adj. Unconnected; not united or associated; distinct; -- said of things that have not been connected.
- adj. Disunited from the body; disembodied.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sever the connection or association of; disunite or disconnect in any way; sever.
- To divide, place, or keep apart; cut off, as by an intervening space or body; occupy the space between: as, the Atlantic separates Europe from America.
- Synonyms To disjoin, disconnect, detach, disengage, sunder, cleave, distinguish, isolate.
- To dissociate.
- To part; be or become disunited or disconnected; withdraw from one another.
- To cleave; open; come apart.
- Divided from the rest; disjoined; disconnected: used of things that have been united or associated.
- Specifically, disunited from the body; incorporeal: as, the separate state of souls.
- By its or one's self; apart from others; retired; secluded.
- Distinct; unconnected.
- Individual; particular.
- An estate held by another in trust for a married woman.
- Synonyms Distinct, etc. (see different), disunited, dissociated, detached. See the verb.
- n. One who is or prefers to be separate; a separatist; a dissenter.
- n. A member of an American Calvinistic Methodist sect of the eighteenth century, so called because of their organization into separate societies.
- n. An article issued separately; a separate slip, article, or document; specifically, in bibliography, a copy of a printed article, essay, monograph, etc., published separately from the volume of which it forms a part, often retitled and repaged.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion
- adj. have the connection undone; having become separate
- v. mark as different
- v. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
- n. a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
- v. become separated into pieces or fragments
- v. force, take, or pull apart
- v. make a division or separation
- v. divide into components or constituents
- v. come apart
- adj. independent; not united or joint
- v. go one's own way; move apart
- n. a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments
- adj. standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
- v. act as a barrier between; stand between
- v. separate into parts or portions
- v. treat differently on the basis of sex or race
- v. arrange or order by classes or categories
- v. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
Middle English separaten, from Latin sēparātus, past participle of sēparāre : sē-, apart; + parāre, to prepare.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin separatus, perfect passive participle of separare ("separate"), from sepire, saepire ("enclose, hedge in"). (Wiktionary)