The referee separated the two boxers.
She was separated from her husband last year. The couple have been separated for a year.
A hedge separates the two yards.
An example of separate is an issue brought up at a meeting that isn't related to any other issues covered.
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.
A researcher who separated the various ethnic components of the population sample.
Small farms that were separated one from another by miles of open land.
The garage is separate from the house.
Oil and water tend to separate.
Separate mail by postal zones.
His natural talent separates him from all the others in the choir.
The lining has separated from the inside of the coat.
The state threatened to separate from the Union.
The friends separated at the end of the school year.
They separated after 10 years of marriage.
The reference collection is separate from the rest of the library.
A cable made of many separate fibers; two people who hold separate views on the issue.
- A garment, such as a skirt, jacket, or pair of slacks, that may be purchased separately and worn in various combinations with other garments.
- A stereo component that is purchased separately and connected to other components as part of a system.
- An offprint of an article.
A hedge that separates the yards.
- To release from military service.
- To dismiss from employment.
To separate from a party.
The separate parts of the body.
This chair can be disassembled into five separate pieces.
Separate the articles from the headings.
If the kids get too noisy, separate them for a few minutes.
The sauce will separate if you don't keep stirring.
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Origin of separate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin separatus, perfect passive participle of separare (“separate"), from sepire, saepire (“enclose, hedge in").