- to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space: to separate two fields by a fence.
- to put, bring, or force apart; part: to separate two fighting boys.
- to set apart; disconnect; dissociate: to separate church and state.
- to remove or sever from association, service, etc., especially legally or formally: He was separated from the army right after V-E Day.
- to sort, part, divide, or disperse (an assemblage, mass, compound, etc.), as into individual units, components, or elements.
- to take by parting or dividing; extract (usually followed by from or out): to separate metal from ore.
- Mathematics. to write (the variables of a differential equation) in a form in which the differentials of the independent and dependent variables are, respectively, functions of these variables alone: We can separate the variables to solve the equation.Compare separation of variables.
- to part company; withdraw from personal association (often followed by from): to separate from a church.
- (of a married pair) to stop living together but without getting a divorce.
- to draw or come apart; become divided, disconnected, or detached.
- to become parted from a mass or compound: Cream separates from milk.
- to take or go in different directions: We have to separate at the crossroad.
- detached, disconnected, or disjoined.
- unconnected; distinct; unique: two separate questions.
- being or standing apart; distant or dispersed: two separate houses; The desert has widely separate oases.
- existing or maintained independently: separate organizations.
- individual or particular: each separate item.
- not shared; individual or private: separate checks; separate rooms.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a church or other organization no longer associated with the original or parent organization.
- Usually separates. women's outer garments that may be worn in combination with a variety of others to make different ensembles, as matching and contrasting blouses, skirts, and sweaters.
- offprint(def 1).
- a bibliographical unit, as an article, chapter, or other portion of a larger work, printed from the same type but issued separately, sometimes with additional pages.
Origin of separate
Synonyms for separateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for separate
Related Words for separatelyindependently, solely, personally, singly, severally, apart, clearly, definitely, distinctly
Examples from the Web for separately
Contemporary Examples of separately
Many dance instructors register their classes at gyms and teach women or men (separately) under the name of aerobics.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
Or watch and listen while a horn player explains how the horn parts work together and separately in a particular passage.Beguiling Books on Steroids Make Interactive Reading a Pleasure
June 27, 2014
Morsi is separately accused of escaping from prison during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising.From President to Prisoner: Mohamed Morsi’s Trial Starts in Egypt
November 4, 2013
The Farm Bill has passed the House and Senate separately but still has some debate ahead of it before it can be signed into law.Supermarkets and Retailers Turn Blind Eye to Food Stamp Funding Cuts
September 27, 2013
Separately, troops raided Qaffin village north of Tulkarem and detained 21-year-old Abdullah Asaad Aqil.Israeli Raids Give the Lie to Oslo’s Alphabet Soup
Emily L. Hauser
July 9, 2013
Historical Examples of separately
Beat them all separately in a mortar, and then mix them well together.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
But thinking them to be two different fiends he fought them separately.Father Sergius
Every period of his campaign ought to have been separately reported.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
They came to me separately: one bleated, another screamed, one howled.Lord Jim
I did my questioning there, not troubling to take them separately.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
- (tr) to act as a barrier betweena range of mountains separates the two countries
- to put or force or be put or forced apart
- to part or be parted from a mass or group
- (tr) to discriminate betweento separate the men from the boys
- to divide or be divided into component parts; sort or be sorted
- to sever or be severed
- (intr) (of a married couple) to cease living together by mutual agreement or after obtaining a decree of judicial separation
- existing or considered independentlya separate problem
- disunited or apart
- set apart from the main body or mass
- distinct, individual, or particular
- solitary or withdrawn
- (sometimes capital) designating or relating to a Church or similar institution that has ceased to have associations with an original parent organization
Word Origin for separate
"detached, kept apart," c.1600, from separate (v.) or from Latin separatus. Separate but equal in reference to U.S. segregation policies on railroads is attested from 1888. Separate development, official name of apartheid in South Africa, is from 1955. Related: Separately (1550s); separateness.
Frequently the colored coach is little better than a cattle car. Generally one half the smoking car is reserved for the colored car. Often only a cloth curtain or partition run half way up separates this so-called colored car from the smoke, obscene language, and foul air of the smokers' half of the car. All classes and conditions of colored humanity, from the most cultured and refined to the most degraded and filthy, without regard to sex, good breeding or ability to pay for better accommodation, are crowded into this separate, but equal (?) half car. [Rev. Norman B. Wood, "The White Side of a Black Subject," 1897]