What is the meaning of separate?

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  • A separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication.
  • A garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments.


  • Act as a barrier between; stand between.
    • usage: "The mountain range divides the two countries"
  • Force, take, or pull apart.
    • usage: "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"
  • Mark as different.
    • usage: "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  • Separate into parts or portions.
    • usage: "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
  • Divide into components or constituents.
    • usage: "Separate the wheat from the chaff"
  • Arrange or order by classes or categories.
    • usage: "How would you classify these pottery shards-are they prehistoric"
  • Make a division or separation.
  • Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways.
    • usage: "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
  • Go one's own way; move apart.
    • usage: "The friends separated after the party"
  • Become separated into pieces or fragments.
    • usage: "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
  • Treat differently on the basis of sex or race.
  • Come apart.
    • usage: "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
  • Divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork.
    • usage: "The road forks"


  • Independent; not united or joint.
    • usage: "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
  • Standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything.
    • usage: "a freestanding bell tower"; "a house with a separate garage"
  • Separated according to race, sex, class, or religion.
    • usage: "separate but equal"; "girls and boys in separate classes"
  • Have the connection undone; having become separate.
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APAWordNet. (2010). separate. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/separate/definitions/1183240
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "separate" http://smartdefine.org/separate/definitions/1183240 (accessed April 23, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, separate, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/separate/definitions/1183240>.
MLAWordNet. "separate" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/separate/definitions/1183240>
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