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Definition of 'separate'


  1. a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
       Synonyms: offprint reprint
  2. a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments


  1. act as a barrier between; stand between; "The mountain range divides the two countries"
       Synonyms: divide
  2. force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"
       Synonyms: disunite divide part
  3. mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
       Synonyms: distinguish differentiate secern secernate severalize severalise tell tell apart
  4. separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
       Synonyms: divide split split up dissever carve up
       Antonyms: unite unify
  5. come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
       Synonyms: divide part
  6. divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff"
  7. arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
       Synonyms: classify class sort assort sort out
  8. become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
       Synonyms: break split up fall apart come apart
  9. make a division or separation
       Synonyms: divide
  10. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
       Synonyms: part split up split break break up
  11. go one's own way; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"
       Synonyms: part split
  12. treat differently on the basis of sex or race
       Synonyms: discriminate single out
  13. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"
       Synonyms: branch ramify fork furcate


  1. independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
       Antonyms: joint
  2. standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything; "a freestanding bell tower"; "a house with a separate garage"
       Synonyms: freestanding
  3. not living together as man and wife; "decided to live apart"; "maintaining separate households"; "they are separated"
       Synonyms: apart separated
  4. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an individual serving"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed"
       Synonyms: individual single
  5. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; "separate but equal"; "girls and boys in separate classes"
  6. have the connection undone; having become separate
       Synonyms: disjoined

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