Origin of separate

1400–50; late Middle English (noun and adj.) < Latin sēparātus (past participle of sēparāre), equivalent to sē- se- + par(āre) to furnish, produce, obtain, prepare + -ātus -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR separate

1, 2 sever, sunder, split. Separate, divide imply a putting apart or keeping apart of things from each other. To separate is to remove from each other things previously associated: to separate a mother from her children. To divide is to split or break up carefully according to measurement, rule, or plan: to divide a cake into equal parts.
3 disjoin, disengage.
13 unattached, severed, discrete.
15 secluded, isolated.
16 independent.

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British Dictionary definitions for separate

separate


verb (ˈsɛpəˌreɪt)

adjective (ˈsɛprɪt, ˈsɛpərɪt)

Derived Forms

separately, adverbseparateness, noun

Word Origin for separate

C15: from Latin sēparāre, from sē- apart + parāre to obtain
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