To sever is to separate or to cut or slice something.verb
- 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.
transitive verb, intransitive verb
- 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, to sever all relationship
Origin: ME severen < OFr sevrer, severer < VL *seperare < L separare, to separate
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verb sev·ered, sev·er·ing, sev·ers verb, transitive
- To set or keep apart; divide or separate.
- To cut off (a part) from a whole.
- To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve. See Synonyms at separate.
- To become cut or broken apart.
- To become separated or divided from each other.
Origin: Middle English severen, from Anglo-Norman severer, from Vulgar Latin *sēperāre, from Latin sēparāre; see separate.