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separate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word separate

Definition
(noun) a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
Synonyms : offprint , reprint

Definition
(noun) a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments
Definition
(verb) act as a barrier between; stand between
Synonyms : divide
Example Sentence
  • The mountain range divides the two countries

Definition
(verb) force, take, or pull apart
Synonyms : disunite , divide , part
Example Sentence
  • He separated the fighting children
  • Moses parted the Red Sea

Definition
(verb) mark as different
Example Sentence
  • We distinguish several kinds of maple

Definition
(verb) separate into parts or portions
Synonyms : carve up , dissever , divide , split , split up
Example Sentence
  • divide the cake into three equal parts
  • The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I

Definition
(verb) divide into components or constituents
Example Sentence
  • Separate the wheat from the chaff

Definition
(verb) arrange or order by classes or categories
Synonyms : assort , class , classify , sort , sort out
Example Sentence
  • How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?

Definition
(verb) make a division or separation
Synonyms : divide

Definition
(verb) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
Synonyms : break , break up , part , split , split up
Example Sentence
  • The business partners broke over a tax question
  • The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
  • My friend and I split up

Definition
(verb) go one's own way; move apart
Synonyms : part , split
Example Sentence
  • The friends separated after the party

Definition
(verb) become separated into pieces or fragments
Synonyms : break , come apart , fall apart , split up
Example Sentence
  • The figurine broke
  • The freshly baked loaf fell apart

Definition
(verb) treat differently on the basis of sex or race
Synonyms : discriminate , single out

Definition
(verb) come apart
Synonyms : divide , part
Example Sentence
  • The two pieces that we had glued separated

Definition
(verb) divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
Synonyms : branch , fork , furcate , ramify
Example Sentence
  • The road forks

Definition
(adj) independent; not united or joint
Example Sentence
  • a problem consisting of two separate issues
  • they went their separate ways
  • formed a separate church

Definition
(adj) standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
Synonyms : freestanding
Example Sentence
  • a freestanding bell tower
  • a house with a separate garage

Definition
(adj) separated according to race, sex, class, or religion
Example Sentence
  • separate but equal
  • girls and boys in separate classes

Definition
(adj) have the connection undone; having become separate
Synonyms : disjoined

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