Sever meaning

sĕvər
To sever is to separate or to cut or slice something.

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.

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To cut off (a part) from a whole.

Severed the branch from the tree.

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To divide into parts; break or interrupt.

Sever a cord; severed the army's supply lines.

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To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve.
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To separate; make or become distinct; divide.

Severed from his family by the war.

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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.

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To cut free.

After he graduated, he severed all links to his family.

To sever the head from the body.

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(intransitive) To suffer disjunction; to be parted or separated.

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(intransitive) To make a separation or distinction; to distinguish.

The Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt. "” Ex. ix. 4.

They claimed the right of severing in their challenge. "” Macaulay.

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(law) To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate.

To sever an estate in joint tenancy.

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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").

    From Wiktionary