verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of sever
Examples from the Web for sever
But the decision now to sever economic ties with the eastern regions was a surprise—and a gamble.
They [the regime] try to sever connections between those living outside and those based inside Iran.
It is unlikely that this ‘revolution’ in Kiev will sever a centuries-old bond.
A large coalition of Palestinian civil society groups is now calling on Oxfam to sever ties with her “immediately.”Why Oxfam Should Drop Scarlett Johansson For Her Pro-SodaStream Stance|Ali Abunimah|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some people may simply find ways to sever their awkward ties that chafe.Income Inequality Within Families is Emerging as a Major Issue|Janna Malamud Smith|January 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But so it was, and Jasper Lamotte's interdict was not strong enough to sever the intimacy.The Diamond Coterie|Lawrence L. Lynch
Our companionship continued for some months, and then my friend and myself had to sever our connection.London's Underworld|Thomas Holmes
He continued with us year after year until a new position in Cleveland, Ohio, compelled him to sever relations with Chautauqua.The Story of Chautauqua|Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The bleeding Amine tottered to her seat, and longed for the hour which was to sever her from a Christian world.The Phantom Ship|Frederick Marryat
Sever the backbone at the joint, and then you have all the root of the tail, together with the oil-gland, dissected from the body.Wanderings in South America|Charles Waterton
British Dictionary definitions for sever
Word Origin for sever
Word Origin and History for sever
c.1300, from Anglo-French severer, Old French sevrer "to separate" (12c., later in French restricted to "to wean," i.e. "to separare from the mother"), from Vulgar Latin *seperare, from Latin separare "to separate" (see separate (v.)).