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sever

sev·er

sever

 
pronunciation:
se vr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: severed, severing, severs
definition 1: to cut away (a section) from a whole.
The accident severed his thumb.
synonyms:
dismember, dissever, lop, tear
antonyms:
attach, join
similar words:
amputate, bisect, cut, detach, disconnect, disjoin, dock, part, separate
definition 2: to cut or divide into parts, esp. by using force.
The sailors severed the mooring ropes.
synonyms:
cut, dissever, rend, split
antonyms:
attach, join
similar words:
chop, cleave, divide, part, rip, rive, slice, sunder, tear
definition 3: to destroy or put an end to.
She will sever all ties to her family.They decided it was best to sever their relationship.
synonyms:
destroy, discontinue, terminate
antonyms:
establish, maintain
similar words:
dissolve, end, rupture
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become separated into parts.
The cable severed under the strain.
synonyms:
disjoin, dissever, part, separate
similar words:
split, tear
derivation: severable (adj.)