Sever Definition

severed, severing, severs
severed, severing, severs
To separate; make or become distinct; divide.
Severed from his family by the war.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
To divide into parts; break or interrupt.
Sever a cord; severed the army's supply lines.
American Heritage
To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve.
American Heritage

To cut free.

After he graduated, he severed all links to his family.
To sever the head from the body.

Origin of Sever

  • From Middle English severen, from Old French sevrer, from Latin separare (“to separate"), from se- (“apart") + parare (“provide, arrange").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English severen from Anglo-Norman severer from Vulgar Latin sēperāre from Latin sēparāre separate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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