Separate definition

sĕpə-rāt
To set, force, or keep apart.

The referee separated the two boxers.

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To remove from a mixture or combination; isolate.
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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.

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To terminate a contractual relationship with (someone); discharge.
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To form a border or barrier between (two areas or groups).

A hedge separates the two yards.

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To single out or set apart from others for a special purpose; sort; segregate.
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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.

adjective
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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.

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To differentiate or discriminate between; distinguish.

A researcher who separated the various ethnic components of the population sample.

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To put space between; space apart or scatter.

Small farms that were separated one from another by miles of open land.

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Not touching or adjoined; detached.

The garage is separate from the house.

adjective
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To become divided into components or parts.

Oil and water tend to separate.

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To place in different groups; sort.

Separate mail by postal zones.

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To cause to be distinct or different.

His natural talent separates him from all the others in the choir.

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To come apart; become detached.

The lining has separated from the inside of the coat.

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To withdraw or break away.

The state threatened to separate from the Union.

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To part company; go away from each other; disperse.

The friends separated at the end of the school year.

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To stop living together as a couple.

They separated after 10 years of marriage.

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Existing or considered as an independent entity.

The reference collection is separate from the rest of the library.

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Dissimilar from all others; distinct or individual.

A cable made of many separate fibers; two people who hold separate views on the issue.

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Having undergone schism or estrangement from a parent body.

Separate churches.

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Something that is separate or distinct, especially:
  • 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.
noun
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To set or put apart into sections, groups, sets, units, etc.; cause to part; divide; disunite; sever.
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To see the differences between; distinguish or discriminate between.
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To keep apart by being between; divide.

A hedge that separates the yards.

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To bring about a separation between (a husband and wife)
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To take away (a part or ingredient) from a combination or mixture.
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To discharge.
  • To release from military service.
  • To dismiss from employment.
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To dislocate (a body joint)
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To withdraw or secede.

To separate from a party.

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To part, come or draw apart, or become disconnected.
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To part company; go in different directions; cease to associate.
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To stop living together as husband and wife; enter into a legal separation.
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To become distinct or disengaged, as from a mixture.
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To become dislocated, as a shoulder.
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Set apart or divided from the rest or others; not joined, united, or connected; severed.
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Not associated or connected with others; having existence as an entity; distinct; individual.
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Thought of or regarded as having individual form or function.

The separate parts of the body.

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Of or for one only; not shared or held in common.

Separate beds.

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(archaic) Withdrawn from others; solitary.
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Coordinated articles of dress worn as a set or separately in various combinations.
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Apart from (the rest); not connected to or attached to (anything else).

This chair can be disassembled into five separate pieces.

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(followed by “from") Not together (with); not united (to).

I try to keep my personal life separate from work.

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To divide (a thing) into separate parts.

Separate the articles from the headings.

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To disunite something from one thing; To disconnect.
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To cause (things or people) to be separate.

If the kids get too noisy, separate them for a few minutes.

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(intransitive) To divide itself into separate pieces or substances.

The sauce will separate if you don't keep stirring.

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(usually in the plural) Anything that is sold by itself, especially an article of clothing.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
separate
Plural:
separates

Origin of separate

  • Middle English separaten from Latin sēparātus past participle of sēparāre sē- apart s(w)e- in Indo-European roots parāre to prepare perə-1 in Indo-European roots

    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").

    From Wiktionary