- 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
Examples from the Web for severed
But the accent is just as clearly Trinidadian as he cracks jokes about a severed head he holds by the hair in his right hand.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
October 15, 2014
They decapitate those men deemed foes of their faith and celebrate the gore online, holding up the severed heads.Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi
September 21, 2014
They severed the last railroad lifeline into Atlanta, making the Citadel of the Confederacy as it was touted no longer tenable.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
Relations with Iraq were severed during the LBJ administration.Up to a Point: Shrugging Our Way Back to War in Iraq
P. J. O’Rourke
August 16, 2014
Through June 30, service was severed to 15,200 customers, and about 92,000 remain in shutoff status.Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions
Mary M. Chapman
July 26, 2014
The name, once upon it, was so severed that I could not link the fragments.
The violence of the shock had severed the rope which fastened him to his companion.The Fortune of the Rougons
For a time my connection with Keighley was severed as I went to reside at Bradford.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
He could have severed himself from the ranch, and washed his hands of all that was doing there.The Night Riders
If Venex 17's head had been severed for less than three weeks he could reactivate it.The Velvet Glove
- 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 and History for severed
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.)).