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


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 separates (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsɛprɪts, ˈsɛpərɪts) /

pl n

women's outer garments that only cover part of the body and so are worn in combination with others, usually unmatching; skirts, blouses, jackets, trousers, etcCompare coordinates

British Dictionary definitions for separates (2 of 2)


verb (ˈsɛpəˌreɪt)

adjective (ˈsɛprɪt, ˈsɛpərɪt)

Derived forms of separate

separately, adverbseparateness, noun

Word Origin for separate

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