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Meaning & Definition of Separate in English

English

Separate

/sɛpəret/

noun

1. A separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication

    synonym:
  • offprint
  • ,
  • reprint
  • ,
  • separate

2. A garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments

    synonym:
  • separate

verb

1. Act as a barrier between

  • Stand between
  • "The mountain range divides the two countries"
    synonym:
  • separate
  • ,
  • divide

2. Force, take, or pull apart

  • "He separated the fighting children"
  • "Moses parted the red sea"
    synonym:
  • separate
  • ,
  • disunite
  • ,
  • divide
  • ,
  • part

3. Mark as different

  • "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    synonym:
  • distinguish
  • ,
  • separate
  • ,
  • differentiate
  • ,
  • secern
  • ,
  • secernate
  • ,
  • severalize
  • ,
  • severalise
  • ,
  • tell
  • ,
  • tell apart

4. Separate into parts or portions

  • "Divide the cake into three equal parts"
  • "The british carved up the ottoman empire after world war i"
    synonym:
  • divide
  • ,
  • split
  • ,
  • split up
  • ,
  • separate
  • ,
  • dissever
  • ,
  • carve up

5. Divide into components or constituents

  • "Separate the wheat from the chaff"
    synonym:
  • separate

6. Arrange or order by classes or categories

  • "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
    synonym:
  • classify
  • ,
  • class
  • ,
  • sort
  • ,
  • assort
  • ,
  • sort out
  • ,
  • separate

7. Make a division or separation

    synonym:
  • separate
  • ,
  • divide

8. Discontinue an association or relation

  • Go different ways
  • "The business partners broke over a tax question"
  • "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"
  • "My friend and i split up"
    synonym:
  • separate
  • ,
  • part
  • ,
  • split up
  • ,
  • split
  • ,
  • break
  • ,
  • break up

9. Go one's own way

  • Move apart
  • "The friends separated after the party"
    synonym:
  • separate
  • ,
  • part
  • ,
  • split

10. Become separated into pieces or fragments

  • "The figurine broke"
  • "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
    synonym:
  • break
  • ,
  • separate
  • ,
  • split up
  • ,
  • fall apart
  • ,
  • come apart

11. Treat differently on the basis of sex or race

    synonym:
  • discriminate
  • ,
  • separate
  • ,
  • single out

12. Come apart

  • "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
    synonym:
  • separate
  • ,
  • divide
  • ,
  • part

13. Divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

  • "The road forks"
    synonym:
  • branch
  • ,
  • ramify
  • ,
  • fork
  • ,
  • furcate
  • ,
  • separate

adjective

1. Independent

  • Not united or joint
  • "A problem consisting of two separate issues"
  • "They went their separate ways"
  • "Formed a separate church"
    synonym:
  • separate

2. Standing apart

  • Not attached to or supported by anything
  • "A freestanding bell tower"
  • "A house with a separate garage"
    synonym:
  • freestanding
  • ,
  • separate

3. Separated according to race, sex, class, or religion

  • "Separate but equal"
  • "Girls and boys in separate classes"
    synonym:
  • separate

4. Have the connection undone

  • Having become separate
    synonym:
  • disjoined
  • ,
  • separate

Examples of using

They sleep in separate beds.
I am fascinated by Spinoza's pantheism, but I admire even more his contribution to modern thought because he is the first philosopher to deal with the soul and body as one, and not two separate things.
It is not always easy to separate right from wrong.