separate  

  • Definition of separate

    • (n): a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments  
    • (n): a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication  
    • (v): divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"  
    • (v): become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"  
    • (v): mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"  
    • (v): arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"  
    • (v): divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff"  
    • (v): force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"  
    • (v): come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"  
    • (v): go one''s own away; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"  
    • (v): make a division or separation  
    • (v): discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"  
    • (v): separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"  
    • (v): treat differently on the basis of sex or race  
    • (v): act as a barrier between; stand between; "The mountain range divides the two countries"  
    • (s): standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything; "a freestanding bell tower"; "a house with a separate garage"  
    • (s): individual and distinct; "pegged down each separate branch to the earth"; "a gift for every single child"  
    • (s): have the connection undone; having become separate  
    • (s): separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; "separate but equal"; "girls and boys in separate classes"  
    • (a): independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"  
    • (s): characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an individual serving"; "separate rooms"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed"  
    • (s): not living together as man and wife; "decided to live apart"; "maintaining separate households"; "they are separated"  

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