- When someone's hand is caught in a machine and is cut off, this is an example of a situation where he severs his hand.
- When you cut off ties to a friend who was unkind, this is an example of a situation where you sever all ties.
- to separate; make or become distinct; divide: severed from his family by the war
- to part or break off, as by cutting or with force; cut in two: to sever a cable, sever all ties to an estranged wife
Origin of severMiddle English severen from Old French sevrer, severer from Vulgar Latin an unverified form seperare from Classical Latin separare, to separate
transitive verbsev·ered, sev·er·ing, sev·ers
- To cut off (a part) from a whole: severed the branch from the tree.
- To divide into parts; break or interrupt: sever a cord; severed the army's supply lines.
- To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve. See Synonyms at separate.
Origin of severMiddle English severen from Anglo-Norman severer from Vulgar Latin sēperāre from Latin sēparāre ; see separate .
(third-person singular simple present severs, present participle severing, simple past and past participle severed)
- To cut free.
- After he graduated, he severed all links to his family.
- to sever the head from the body
- (intransitive) To suffer disjunction; to be parted or separated.
- (intransitive) To make a separation or distinction; to distinguish.
- The Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt. "” Ex. ix. 4.
- They claimed the right of severing in their challenge. "” Macaulay.
- (law) To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate.
- to sever an estate in joint tenancy
From Middle English severen, from Old French sevrer, from Latin separare (“to separate"), from se- (“apart") + parare (“provide, arrange").