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separate

sep·a·rate

separate

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: se p reIt
inflections: separated, separates, separating
definition 1: to put or keep apart; disunite; part.
The adoption agency refused to separate the twin brothers.Did you separate the dark clothes from the white clothes?
synonyms:
disunite, isolate, part
antonyms:
amalgamate, bind, mix, unify, unite
similar words:
divide, divorce, exclude, fence off, quarantine, segregate, sequester, space, split, wall off
definition 2: to divide, disconnect, or dissociate.
These ideas are so connected in my mind that it's hard to separate them.Separate the dough with a knife and save half for later.
synonyms:
disconnect, dissociate, distance
antonyms:
bind, combine, conflate, connect, fuse, join, link, marry
similar words:
break, cleave, cut, detach, disassociate, disentangle, disjoin, disjoint, divide, rend, rive, sever, split, sunder, uncouple, unyoke
definition 3: to sort; divide.
The instructor separated the class into two groups.
synonyms:
divide, sort, split
antonyms:
combine, merge
similar words:
apportion, break down, cull, divvy up, halve, part, partition, quarter, resolve, section, segment, sift, subdivide, winnow
definition 4: to take by dividing or extracting.
He separated the hydrogen from the oxygen.
synonyms:
extract, split
similar words:
abstract, detach, divide, isolate, weed out
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: se p reIt
definition 1: to become disconnected.
synonyms:
dissociate, disunite, part
antonyms:
connect, join, meet
similar words:
disjoin, disjoint, part company, sever, uncouple
definition 2: to become divided.
Oil and water separate quickly.
synonyms:
divide, part, split
antonyms:
amalgamate, amass, combine, converge, merge
similar words:
bifurcate, bisect, branch, cleave, diverge, fork, part company, ramify, resolve, segment
definition 3: to discontinue living together as a married couple, either prior to or without obtaining a divorce.
synonyms:
split up
antonyms:
marry
similar words:
bust up, disunite, divorce
definition 4: to withdraw (usu. fol. by from).
She will separate from the partnership next year.
synonyms:
withdraw
similar words:
depart, drop out, pull out, quit, secede, split
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: se p riht [or] se priht
definition 1: disconnected or detached.
synonyms:
detached, disconnected
antonyms:
attached, connected
similar words:
asunder, divorced, free, removed, segregated, split, unattached
definition 2: unrelated; distinct.
separate issues
synonyms:
distinct, unrelated
antonyms:
related
similar words:
different, discrete, disparate, dissimilar, divergent, diverse, single, unlike
definition 3: standing alone; independent.
synonyms:
autonomous, independent
antonyms:
interdependent
similar words:
alone, apart, disparate, individual, isolated, only, removed, secluded, single, sole, solitary, withdrawn
definition 4: individual.
each separate number in the list
synonyms:
individual
similar words:
disparate, distinct, single, singular, solitary, unique
derivations: separately (adv.), separateness (n.)
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  • separated:
    living apart from each other, as before a divorce.
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Word Parts
The word separate contains the following part:
se- Latin prefix that means away, aside, apart