- Separate is defined as something or someone not connected to anything or anyone else.
An example of separate is an issue brought up at a meeting that isn't related to any other issues covered.
- The definition of separate is to pull apart, disconnect or divide.
- An example of separate is pulling a piece of string cheese off of the whole piece of cheese.
- An example of separate is removing the charger from an mp3 player.
- An example of separate is when a husband and wife no longer live together.
transitive verb-·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
- to set or put apart into sections, groups, sets, units, etc.; cause to part; divide; disunite; sever
- to see the differences between; distinguish or discriminate between
- to keep apart by being between; divide: a hedge that separates the yards
- to bring about a separation between (a husband and wife)
- to single out or set apart from others for a special purpose; sort; segregate
- to take away (a part or ingredient) from a combination or mixture
- to discharge; specif.,
- to release from military service
- to dismiss from employment
- to dislocate (a body joint)
Origin of separateMiddle English separaten from Classical Latin separatus, past participle of separare, to separate from se-, apart (see secede) + parare, to arrange, prepare
- to withdraw or secede: to separate from a party
- to part, come or draw apart, or become disconnected
- to part company; go in different directions; cease to associate
- to stop living together as husband and wife; enter into a legal separation (sense )
- to become distinct or disengaged, as from a mixture
- to become dislocated, as a shoulder
- set apart or divided from the rest or others; not joined, united, or connected; severed
- not associated or connected with others; having existence as an entity; distinct; individual
- thought of or regarded as having individual form or function: the separate parts of the body
- of or for one only; not shared or held in common: separate beds
- Archaic withdrawn from others; solitary
- [pl.] coordinated articles of dress worn as a set or separately in various combinations
verbsep·a·rat·ed, sep·a·rat·ing, sep·a·rates
- a. To set, force, or keep apart: The referee separated the two boxers.b. To put space between; space apart or scatter: small farms that were separated one from another by miles of open land.c. To form a border or barrier between (two areas or groups): A hedge separates the two yards.d. To place in different groups; sort: separate mail by postal zones.
- a. To differentiate or discriminate between; distinguish: a researcher who separated the various ethnic components of the population sample.b. To cause to be distinct or different: His natural talent separates him from all the others in the choir.
- To remove from a mixture or combination; isolate.
- To cause (one person) to stop living with another, or to cause (a couple) to stop living together, often by decree: She was separated from her husband last year. The couple have been separated for a year.
- To terminate a contractual relationship with (someone); discharge.
- To come apart; become detached: The lining has separated from the inside of the coat.
- To withdraw or break away: The state threatened to separate from the Union.
- To part company; go away from each other; disperse: The friends separated at the end of the school year.
- To stop living together as a couple: They separated after 10 years of marriage.
- To become divided into components or parts: Oil and water tend to separate.
- Not touching or adjoined; detached: The garage is separate from the house.
- a. Existing or considered as an independent entity: The reference collection is separate from the rest of the library.b. Dissimilar from all others; distinct or individual: a cable made of many separate fibers; two people who hold separate views on the issue.c. often Separate Having undergone schism or estrangement from a parent body: Separate churches.
Origin of separateMiddle English separaten from Latin sēparātus past participle of sēparāre sē- apart ; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots. parāre to prepare ; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present separates, present participle separating, simple past and past participle separated)
- To divide (a thing) into separate parts.
- Separate the articles from the headings.
- To disunite something from one thing; To disconnect.
- To cause (things or people) to be separate.
- If the kids get too noisy, separate them for a few minutes.
- (intransitive) To divide itself into separate pieces or substances.
- The sauce will separate if you don't keep stirring.
- (usually in the plural) Anything that is sold by itself, especially an article of clothing.
- The spelling is separate. *Seperate is a common misspelling.
From Latin separatus, perfect passive participle of separare (“separate"), from sepire, saepire (“enclose, hedge in").