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  Definition of Separate
  1. a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments
  2. a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
  3. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"
  4. become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
  5. mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  6. arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
  7. divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff"
  8. force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"
  9. come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
  10. go one''s own away; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"
  11. make a division or separation
  12. 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"
  13. separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
  14. treat differently on the basis of sex or race
  15. act as a barrier between; stand between; "The mountain range divides the two countries"
  16. standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything; "a freestanding bell tower"; "a house with a separate garage"
  17. individual and distinct; "pegged down each separate branch to the earth"; "a gift for every single child"
  18. have the connection undone; having become separate
  19. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; "separate but equal"; "girls and boys in separate classes"
  20. independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
  21. characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an individual serving"; "separate rooms"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed"
  22. not living together as man and wife; "decided to live apart"; "maintaining separate households"; "they are separated"
Similar Words: offprint, reprint, branch, ramify, fork, furcate, break, split up, fall apart, come apart, distinguish, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart, classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, disunite, divide, part, split, break up, dissever, carve up, discriminate, single out, freestanding, single(a), disjoined, individual, apart(p), separated


See Also: diversify, branch out, broaden, decompose, break up, break down, divided, independent, individual, other, segregated, unintegrated, unshared


Hyponyms: arborize, arborise, twig, bifurcate, trifurcate, burst, split, break open, puncture, bust, smash, ladder, run, snap, crack, break up, fragment, fragmentize, fragmentise, crush, know, discriminate, know apart, label, individualize, individualise, contrast, severalize, severalise, contradistinguish, decouple, dissociate, demarcate, single out, stratify, unitize, unitise, catalogue, catalog, isolate, refer, reclassify, size, dichotomize, dichotomise, pigeonhole, stereotype, stamp, group, grade, count, number, decompose, break down, dialyse, dialyze, peptize, peptise, macerate, tease, card, filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out, extract, fractionate, sift, sieve, wash, avulse, compartmentalize, compartmentalise, cut up, polarize, polarise, sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, disjoin, disjoint, disarticulate, disconnect, cut, tear, joint, gin, break, sever, rupture, subdivide, calve, chip, chip off, come off, break away, break off, detach, come away, segregate, segment, reduce, section, partition, partition off, dismember, take apart, discerp, gerrymander, disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out, diffract, zone, dispel, rail, rail off, shut off, close off, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, disunify, break apart, disassociate, divorce, disunite, break with, split up, secede, splinter, format, initialize, initialise, sectionalize, sectionalise, triangulate, lot, parcel, sliver, paragraph, canton, Balkanize, Balkanise, insulate, hive off, redline, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour


Grouped Verbs: ramify, branch, break


Attributes: separation


Entailments: compare


Derivational Morphology: reprint, reissue, furcation, forking, branching, ramification, fork, branch, leg, fault, geological fault, shift, fracture, break, breakage, breaking, deviation, divergence, departure, difference, differentiation, distinction, differentiator, discriminator, categorization, categorisation, classification, compartmentalization, compartmentalisation, assortment, kind, sort, form, variety, sorting, sorter, class, category, family, division, social class, socio-economic class, classifier, separation, centrifuge, extractor, separator, breakup, detachment, schism, split, farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting, partition, partitioning, segmentation, sectionalization, sectionalisation, dissolution, rupture, breach, severance, rift, falling out, separatist, separationist, legal separation, splitter, divider, discrimination, favoritism, favouritism, watershed, water parting, divide


Anagrams: trespass, Strepera, strapper


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: geskeide and skei   Chinese: 分開 and 分離  
Danish: adskille   Dutch: afzonderlijk and scheiden  
Finnish: erillinen and erottaa   French: séparé and séparer  
German: einzeln and separieren   Hungarian: elválaszta and külön  
Icelandic: aðkilinn   Italian: separare and separato  
Japanese: 分れた and 分れる   Korean: 개개의 and 분리하다  
Portuguese: separado and separar   Russian: отдельный and отделять  
Spanish: separado and separar   Swedish: avskild and avskilja  
Telugu: విడి and వేరు చేయు  
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