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.
Severed the branch from the tree.
Sever a cord; severed the army's supply lines.
Severed from his family by the war.
To sever a cable, sever all ties to an estranged wife.
After he graduated, he severed all links to his family.
To sever the head from the body.
To sever an estate in joint tenancy.
Origin of sever
- 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
- From Middle English severen, from Old French sevrer, from Latin separare (“to separate"), from se- (“apart") + parare (“provide, arrange").