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Meaning of separate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin separatus, perfect passive participle of separare ( “separate” ), from sepire, saepire ( “enclose, hedge in” ) .


    • ( Adjective and noun ):
      • enPR: sĕ'pərət, IPA: /ˈsɛp( ə )ɹət/, X-SAMPA: /"sEp( @ )r@t/
    • ( Verbs ):
      • enPR: sĕ'pərāt, IPA: /ˈsɛpəɹeɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"sEp@reIt/


    separate ( not comparable )

    1. Apart from ( the rest ); not connected to or attached to ( anything else ) .
      This chair can be disassembled into five separate pieces .
    2. ( followed by “from” ) Not together ( with ); not united ( to ) .
      I try to keep my personal life separate from work .


    separate ( plural: separates )

    1. ( usually in the plural: ) Anything that is sold by itself, especially an article of clothing .

    Usage notes


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Explanation of separate by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. become separated into pieces or fragments

    3. mark as different

    4. arrange or order by classes or categories

    5. divide into components or constituents

    6. Separate the wheat from the chaff
    7. force, take, or pull apart

    8. He separated the fighting children
    9. come apart

    10. The two pieces that we had glued separated
    11. go one's own way

    12. The friends separated after the party
    13. make a division or separation

    14. discontinue an association or relation

    15. The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
    16. separate into parts or portions

    17. treat differently on the basis of sex or race

    18. act as a barrier between

    1. standing apart

    2. a house with a separate garage
    3. have the connection undone

    4. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion

    5. separate but equal
      girls and boys in separate classes
    6. independent

    7. a problem consisting of two separate issues
      they went their separate ways
      formed a separate church
    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

    Definition of separate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Separate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Separated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Separating.] [L. separatus, p. p. of separare to separate; pfref. se- aside + parare to make ready, prepare. See Parade, and cf. Sever.]
      1. To disunite; to divide; to disconnect; to sever; to part in any manner.

      From the fine gold I separate the alloy. Dryden.

      Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me. Gen. xiii. 9.

      Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Rom. viii. 35.

      2. To come between; to keep apart by occupying the space between; to lie between; as, “the Mediterranean Sea separates Europe and Africa”.

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

      Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called thaem. Acts xiii. 2.

      Separated flowers ( Bot. ), flowers which have stamens and pistils in separate flowers; diclinous flowers. Gray.

    2. Separate, v. i. To part; to become disunited; to be disconnected; to withdraw from one another; as, “the family separated”.

    3. Separate p. a. [L. separatus, p. p. ]
      1. Divided from another or others; disjoined; disconnected; separated; -- said of things once connected.

      Him that was separate from his brethren. Gen. xlix. 26.

      2. Unconnected; not united or associated; distinct; -- said of things that have not been connected.

      For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinnere. Heb. vii. 26.

      3. Disunited from the body; disembodied; as, “a separate spirit; the separate state of souls”.

      Separate estate ( Law ), an estate limited to a married woman independent of her husband. -- Separate maintenance ( Law ), an allowance made to a wife by her husband under deed of separation.

      -- Separately, adv. -- Separateness, n.