Separate Definition

separated, separates, separating
separated, separates, separating
To set or put apart into sections, groups, sets, units, etc.; cause to part; divide; disunite; sever.
Webster's New World
To put space between; space apart or scatter.
Small farms that were separated one from another by miles of open land.
American Heritage
To keep apart by being between; divide.
A hedge that separates the yards.
Webster's New World
To form a border or barrier between (two areas or groups).
A hedge separates the two yards.
American Heritage
To see the differences between; distinguish or discriminate between.
Webster's New World
Set apart or divided from the rest or others; not joined, united, or connected; severed.
Webster's New World
Not touching or adjoined; detached.
The garage is separate from the house.
American Heritage
Existing or considered as an independent entity.
The reference collection is separate from the rest of the library.
American Heritage
Not associated or connected with others; having existence as an entity; distinct; individual.
Webster's New World
Thought of or regarded as having individual form or function.
The separate parts of the body.
Webster's New World
Something that is separate or distinct, especially:
American Heritage
Webster's New World
Coordinated articles of dress worn as a set or separately in various combinations.
Webster's New World
(usually in the plural) Anything that is sold by itself, especially an article of clothing.

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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

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