Definitions for Separateˈsɛp əˌreɪt; -ər ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sep•a•rate*ˈsɛp əˌreɪt; -ər ɪt(v.; adj., n.; adj.; n.)-rat•ed, -rat•ing

  1. (v.t.)to keep apart; divide.

  2. to bring or force apart:

    to separate two fighting boys.

  3. to disconnect; dissociate:

    to separate church and state.

  4. to remove from active association:

    separated from the army.

  5. to sort or disperse into individual components.

  6. to extract :

    to separate metal from ore.

  7. (v.i.)to withdraw from an association:

    to separate from a church.

  8. to stop living together but without divorce.

  9. to draw or come apart.

  10. to become parted from a mass or compound.

  11. to take or go in different directions.

  12. (adj.)detached; distinct.

  13. existing or maintained independently.

  14. not shared; individual:

    separate checks.

  15. (often cap.) no longer associated with a parent organization, as a church.

  16. (n.)Usu., separates. women's garments designed to be worn in various combinations.

    Category: Clothing

* Usage: separate is often found with the spelling seperate, even in quite respectable publications. Despite this frequency, however, seperate is almost universally considered a misspelling.

Origin of separate:

1400–50; < L sēparātus, ptp. of sēparāre=sē-se - +parāre to furnish, produce, obtain, prepare ; see -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. offprint, reprint, separate(noun)

    a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication

  2. separate(adj)

    a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments

  3. separate(adj)

    independent; not united or joint

    "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"

  4. freestanding, separate(adj)

    standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything

    "a freestanding bell tower"; "a house with a separate garage"

  5. separate(adj)

    separated according to race, sex, class, or religion

    "separate but equal"; "girls and boys in separate classes"

  6. disjoined, separate(verb)

    have the connection undone; having become separate

  7. separate, divide(verb)

    act as a barrier between; stand between

    "The mountain range divides the two countries"

  8. separate, disunite, divide, part(verb)

    force, take, or pull apart

    "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"

  9. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart(verb)

    mark as different

    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

  10. divide, split, split up, separate, dissever, carve up(verb)

    separate into parts or portions

    "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"

  11. separate(verb)

    divide into components or constituents

    "Separate the wheat from the chaff"

  12. classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separate(verb)

    arrange or order by classes or categories

    "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"

  13. separate, divide(verb)

    make a division or separation

  14. separate, part, split up, split, break, break up(verb)

    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"

  15. separate, part, split(verb)

    go one's own way; move apart

    "The friends separated after the party"

  16. break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart(verb)

    become separated into pieces or fragments

    "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

  17. discriminate, separate, single out(verb)

    treat differently on the basis of sex or race

  18. separate, divide, part(verb)

    come apart

    "The two pieces that we had glued separated"

  19. branch, ramify, fork, furcate, separate(verb)

    divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

    "The road forks"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. separate(adjective)ˈsɛp əˌreɪt; adj., n. -ər ɪt

    not joined

    The middle school and high school are in separate buildings.

  2. separateˈsɛp əˌreɪt; adj., n. -ər ɪt

    different, not connected or related

    a separate species; Three men were wounded in two separate shootings.

  3. separate(verb)ˈsɛp əˌreɪt; adj., n. -ər ɪt

    to move two things or people away from each other

    Separate the egg yolks from the whites.; Their teacher has separated them in class.; two sections of bone that had separated

  4. separateˈsɛp əˌreɪt; adj., n. -ər ɪt

    (of a married couple or partners) to decide not to live together any more

    His parents separated when he was very young.


  1. separate(Noun)

    Anything that is sold by itself, especially an article of clothing.

  2. separate(Verb)

    To divide (a thing) into separate parts.

    Separate the articles from the headings.

  3. separate(Verb)

    To cause (things or people) to be separate.

    If the kids get too noisy, separate them for a few minutes.

  4. separate(Verb)

    To divide itself into separate pieces or substances.

    The sauce will separate if you don't keep stirring.

  5. separate(Adjective)

    Apart from (the rest); not connected to or attached to (anything else).

    This chair can be disassembled into five separate pieces.

  6. separate(Adjective)

    Not together (with); not united (to).

    I try to keep my personal life separate from work.

  7. Origin: From separatus, perfect passive participle of separare, from sepire, saepire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Separate(verb)

    to disunite; to divide; to disconnect; to sever; to part in any manner

  2. Separate(verb)

    to come between; to keep apart by occupying the space between; to lie between; as, the Mediterranean Sea separates Europe and Africa

  3. Separate(verb)

    to set apart; to select from among others, as for a special use or service

  4. Separate(verb)

    to part; to become disunited; to be disconnected; to withdraw from one another; as, the family separated

  5. Separate

    divided from another or others; disjoined; disconnected; separated; -- said of things once connected

  6. Separate

    unconnected; not united or associated; distinct; -- said of things that have not been connected

  7. Separate

    disunited from the body; disembodied; as, a separate spirit; the separate state of souls

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Separate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1362

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Separate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1556

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Separate' in Verbs Frequency: #448

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Separate' in Adjectives Frequency: #161

Anagrams of Separate

  1. asperate

Translations for Separate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(sometimes with into or from ) to place, take, keep or force apart

He separated the money into two piles; A policeman tried to separate the men who were fighting.

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