- to put or be put apart; separate
- to divide or be divided into parts
- (transitive) to break off or dissolve (a tie, relationship, etc)
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sev•er /ˈsɛvɚ/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting:His leg had been severed in an accident.
- to break off or dissolve (relations, etc.):The government has severed all diplomatic relations.
sev•er (sev′ər),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like.
- to divide into parts, esp. forcibly;
- to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.).
- Lawto divide into parts;
disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.).
- to distinguish;
- to become separated from each other;
become divided into parts.
- Middle French sev(e)rer to separate
- Middle English severen 1300–50
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sever /ˈsɛvə/ vb
'sever' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Severna Park - abscind - asseverate - bite - break - break off - chine - chop - cleave - cut - cut off - desert - disaffiliate - disconnect - dissever - dissociate - dissolve - disunite - divide - hack - hew - indent - intersect - lop - nonseverity - part - perseverance - persevering - rend - resect - separate - severable - severance - severity - snare - split - sunder - transect - trisect - unjoint