verb (used with object)

to sever; separate.
to divide into parts.

verb (used without object)

to part; separate.

Origin of dissever

1250–1300; Middle English des(s)everen < Old French dessevrer < Late Latin dissēparāre, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + sēparāre to separate
Related formsdis·sev·er·ance, dis·sev·er·ment, dis·sev·er·a·tion, nounun·dis·sev·ered, adjective
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Related Words for dissever

cut, divide, section, partition, split, detach, segment, sever

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to break off or become broken off
(tr) to divide up into parts
Derived Formsdisseverance, disseverment or disseveration, noun

Word Origin for dissever

C13: from Old French dessevrer, from Late Latin dis- 1 + sēparāre to separate
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Word Origin and History for dissever

late 13c., from Anglo-French deseverer, Old French dessevrer (10c.), from des- (see dis-) + sevrer (see sever). Related: Dissevered; dissevering; disseverance; disseveration.

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