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/ ˈsɛv ər /
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verb (used with object)

to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like.
to divide into parts, especially forcibly; cleave.
to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.).
Law. to divide into parts; disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.).
to distinguish; discriminate between.

verb (used without object)

to become separated from each other; become divided into parts.



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Origin of sever

1300–50; Middle English severen<Middle French sev(e)rer to separate
half-severed, adjectiveun·sev·ered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sever

/ (ˈsɛvə) /


to put or be put apart; separate
to divide or be divided into parts
(tr) to break off or dissolve (a tie, relationship, etc)
C14 severen, from Old French severer, from Latin sēparāre to separate
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