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separation

sep·a·ra·tion

separation

 
pronunciation:
se pr reI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of separating or condition of being separated.
The separation of books into groups took a long time.The friends met after a long separation.
synonyms:
division
antonyms:
union
definition 2: a hole or space that separates; gap.
He has a separation between his two front teeth.
synonyms:
breach, distance, gap
similar words:
interval
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The word separation contains the following part:
-ation Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ation is a compound of -ate1 + -ion. It turns verbs ending in -ate into nouns (decorate/ decoration ). Not all nouns with this suffix, however, have a corresponding verb ending in -ate (information , alteration ).