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sever

[ sev-er ]
/ 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

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English severen, from Middle French sev(e)rer; see separate
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British Dictionary definitions for sever

sever
/ (ˈsɛvə) /

verb
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

C14 severen, from Old French severer, from Latin sēparāre to separate
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