[ US /ˈsɛpɝˌeɪt, ˈsɛpɝɪt, ˈsɛpɹət/ ]
  1. go one's own way; move apart
    The friends separated after the party
  2. act as a barrier between; stand between
    The mountain range divides the two countries
  3. come apart
    The two pieces that we had glued separated
  4. arrange or order by classes or categories
    How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?
  5. mark as different
    We distinguish several kinds of maple
  6. become separated into pieces or fragments
    The figurine broke
    The freshly baked loaf fell apart
  7. force, take, or pull apart
    He separated the fighting children
    Moses parted the Red Sea
  8. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    My friend and I split up
    The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
    The business partners broke over a tax question
  9. divide into components or constituents
    Separate the wheat from the chaff
  10. make a division or separation
  11. treat differently on the basis of sex or race
  12. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
    The road forks
  13. separate into parts or portions
    divide the cake into three equal parts
    The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I
  1. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion
    girls and boys in separate classes
    separate but equal
  2. have the connection undone; having become separate
  3. independent; not united or joint
    formed a separate church
    they went their separate ways
    a problem consisting of two separate issues
  4. standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
    a freestanding bell tower
    a house with a separate garage
  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
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How To Use separate In A Sentence

  • These planes are made with two separate stocks held together with either metal or turned wooden screws.
  • Europe was last united in neolithic times, before the inseparable meshwork of land, people, community and trade separated into hierarchy, nations and cities.
  • For a picnic, chill the strawberries and cream separately, take them along in a cool box, and assemble them on site.
  • Proximally, the bursa is bordered by a synovial lining that separates the bursa from the proximal fat pad.
  • The genes for cell division did not evolve to separate different kinds of fish.
  • There are three degrees of intimacy between words, of which the first and loosest is expressed by their mere juxtaposition as separate words, the second by their being hyphened, and the third or closest by their being written continuously as one word. Hyphens.
  • It shows fractured blocks of ancient sedimentary rock separated by recent sand dunes.
  • In patients without subarachnoid hemorrhage from a separate aneurysm, larger aneurysms also were more likely to rupture.
  • It would be interested to find out if this study separated San Jose/Silicon Valley MSA from the San Francisco/San Mateo/Marin MSA. The High-Tech Job Capital Is…The Big Apple? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
  • The disciplines of science and engineering are not always sharply separated.
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