sever

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsɛvər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈsɛvɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sevər)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sev•er /ˈsɛvɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting:His leg had been severed in an accident.
  2. to break off or dissolve (relations, etc.):The government has severed all diplomatic relations.
See -pare1-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sev•er  (sevər),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like.
  2. to divide into parts, esp. forcibly;
    cleave.
  3. to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.).
  4. Lawto divide into parts;
    disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.).
  5. to distinguish;
    discriminate between.

v.i. 
  1. to become separated from each other;
    become divided into parts.
  • Middle French sev(e)rer to separate
  • Middle English severen 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sever /ˈsɛvə/ vb
  1. to put or be put apart; separate
  2. to divide or be divided into parts
  3. (transitive) to break off or dissolve (a tie, relationship, etc)
Etymology: 14th Century severen, from Old French severer, from Latin sēparāre to separate
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