- 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.
- to become separated from each other; become divided into parts.
Origin of sever
Related Words for severdetach, disconnect, split, separate, terminate, abandon, dissolve, rive, sunder, cleave, cut, divide, bisect, dissect, disjoin, dissociate, part, slice, disunite, carve
Examples from the Web for sever
Contemporary Examples of sever
But the decision now to sever economic ties with the eastern regions was a surprise—and a gamble.Eastern Ukraine Braces for ‘Full-Scale War’
November 17, 2014
They [the regime] try to sever connections between those living outside and those based inside Iran.Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped
June 9, 2014
It is unlikely that this ‘revolution’ in Kiev will sever a centuries-old bond.Is Kharkiv Ukraine’s Next Tipping Point?
March 13, 2014
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
January 29, 2014
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
Historical Examples of sever
And do you think it will not cost me an effort to sever our friendship?The Hunted Outlaw
If you sever a number of these cords, you alter the entire drape of the curtain.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Elizabeth I have put away––death could not sever us more effectually.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
There must be continuity of this structure too, for to sever a nerve is to paralyze all beyond.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
I am here to say this to you: here and now I sever our betrothal!Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
- to put or be put apart; separate
- to divide or be divided into parts
- (tr) to break off or dissolve (a tie, relationship, etc)
Word Origin 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.)).