What does separate mean?

Definitions for separate
ˈsɛp əˌreɪt; -ər ɪtsep·a·rate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word separate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offprint, reprint, separatenoun

    a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication

  2. separateadjective

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

  3. separateadjective

    independent; not united or joint

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

  4. freestanding, separateadjective

    standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything

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

  5. separateadjective

    separated according to race, sex, class, or religion

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

  6. disjoined, separateverb

    have the connection undone; having become separate

  7. separate, divideverb

    act as a barrier between; stand between

    "The mountain range divides the two countries"

  8. separate, disunite, divide, partverb

    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 apartverb

    mark as different

    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

  10. divide, split, split up, separate, dissever, carve upverb

    separate into parts or portions

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

  11. separateverb

    divide into components or constituents

    "Separate the wheat from the chaff"

  12. classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separateverb

    arrange or order by classes or categories

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

  13. separate, divideverb

    make a division or separation

  14. separate, part, split up, split, break, break upverb

    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, splitverb

    go one's own way; move apart

    "The friends separated after the party"

  16. break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apartverb

    become separated into pieces or fragments

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

  17. discriminate, separate, single outverb

    treat differently on the basis of sex or race

  18. separate, divide, partverb

    come apart

    "The two pieces that we had glued separated"

  19. branch, ramify, fork, furcate, separateverb

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

    "The road forks"

Wiktionary

  1. separatenoun

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

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

  2. separateverb

    To divide (a thing) into separate parts.

    Separate the articles from the headings.

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

  3. separateverb

    To cause (things or people) to be separate.

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

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

  4. separateverb

    To divide itself into separate pieces or substances.

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

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

  5. separateadjective

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

    This chair can be disassembled into five separate pieces.

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

  6. separateadjective

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

    I try to keep my personal life separate from work.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Separateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. separatus, p. p. ]

  2. Separateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. separatus, p. p. ]

  3. Separateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. separatus, p. p. ]

  4. Separateverb

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

    Etymology: [L. separatus, p. p. ]

  5. Separate

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

    Etymology: [L. separatus, p. p. ]

  6. Separate

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

    Etymology: [L. separatus, p. p. ]

  7. Separate

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

    Etymology: [L. separatus, p. p. ]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Separate

    sep′a-rāt, v.t. to divide: to part: to withdraw: to set apart for a certain purpose: to sever.—v.i. to part: to withdraw from each other: to become disunited.—adj. separated: divided: apart from another: distinct.—n. Separabil′ity.—adj. Sep′arable, that may be separated or disjointed.—n. Sep′arableness.—advs. Sep′arably; Sep′arately.—ns Sep′arateness; Sep′arating-disc, an emery-wheel for cutting a space between teeth; Separā′tion, act of separating or disjoining: state of being separate: disunion: chemical analysis: divorce without a formal dissolution of the marriage-tie; Separā′tionist; Sep′aratism, act of separating or withdrawing, esp. from an established church; Sep′aratist, one who separates or withdraws, esp. from an established church, a dissenter: a name applied by the Unionists to those Liberals in favour of granting Home Rule to Ireland.—adj. Sep′arātive, tending to separate.—ns. Sep′arātor, one who, or that which, separates: a divider; Sep′arātory, a chemical vessel for separating liquids of different specific gravities; Sep′arātrix, the line separating light from shade on any partly illuminated surface; Separā′tum, a separate copy of a paper which has been published in the proceedings of a scientific society.—Separate estate, property of a married woman over which her husband has no right of control; Separate maintenance, a provision made by a husband for the sustenance of his wife where they decide to live apart. [L. separāre, -ātumse-, aside, parāre, to put.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of separate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of separate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of separate in a Sentence

  1. The Atlantic:

    Despite some shifting numbers, neither our vaccines nor our immune systems are failing us, or even coming close. Vaccine effectiveness isn’t a monolith, and neither is immunity. Staying safe from a virus depends on host and pathogen alike; a change in either can chip away at the barriers that separate the two without obliterating them, which is exactly what we’re seeing now.

  2. David Garofalo:

    Right now we're trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  3. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw:

    Cars were running off the road and so accidents were occurring...there were three separate accidents.

  4. Lewis Alexander:

    They are trying to send the signal to everyone else to think about them as separate.

  5. Chris Harmer:

    If the moderates separate themselves from Nusra, immediately the Russians and Assad go kill them, the idea that the moderate rebels will separate themselves from Nusra is just not going to happen. It (the administration plan) is a Hail Mary pass that is dead on arrival.

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Translations for separate

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  • skei, afgesonderde, aparte, verdeel, deel, geskeideAfrikaans
  • منفصل, فصلArabic
  • айырым, башҡа, айырыуBashkir
  • separat, separarCatalan, Valencian
  • oddělený, oddělit, separátní, samostatnýCzech
  • gwahanWelsh
  • adskilleDanish
  • unterscheiden, separieren, trennen, separat, sich trennen, getrennt, teilen, einzeln, scheiden, auseinanderfallenGerman
  • malkunigi, malkunaEsperanto
  • separado, separar, disgregarSpanish
  • erottaa, eri, erillinen, irrottaa, erottua, irtonainenFinnish
  • séparer, séparée, séparéFrench
  • scaoil i, deighilIrish
  • air leth, bhoScottish Gaelic
  • separar, separado, separarseGalician
  • अलगHindi
  • elkülönít, elválaszt, különálló, különHungarian
  • բաժանել, անջատել, առանձնացնել, տրոհել, առանձին, անջատArmenian
  • aðkilinnIcelandic
  • separato, separata, separareItalian
  • נפרדHebrew
  • 分離, 分れた, 分かれる, 別れる, 切り離すJapanese
  • 분리되다, 개개의, 별개의, 분리하다Korean
  • schiften, afgezonderde, afgezonderd, scheiden, gescheiden, afzonderlijkDutch
  • oddzielny, osobnyPolish
  • جلا, بېلPashto, Pushto
  • separar-se, separado, separarPortuguese
  • haytarakuyQuechua
  • despărți, separa, separată, separatRomanian
  • разделять, разлучать, разъединять, отдельный, раздельный, отделять, обособленный, разделятьсяRussian
  • avskilja, skiljd, söndra, avskild, skilja, splittra, separat, dela, skildSwedish
  • தனிTamil
  • విడిపోవు, వేరు చేయు, విడిTelugu
  • окремоUkrainian
  • الگUrdu
  • schåyîWalloon

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. butch
    • B. soft-witted
    • C. contiguous
    • D. appellative

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