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sever

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛvə
 
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Definition of sever in English:

verb

[with object]
1Divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly: the head was severed from the body (as adjective severed) severed limbs
More example sentences
  • The head is then severed from the animal whereafter it is handed to the father of the owner.
  • He would float about the world without rest, for his head had been severed from his body.
  • I'm not sure how it happened and what caused the branch to be severed from the tree there.
Synonyms
break off, tear off;
divide, separate, part, detach, disconnect;
literary rend
archaic sunder
rare dissever
cut, cut through, rupture, split, pierce, rip, tear
1.1Put an end to (a connection or relationship); break off: the notice itself may be sufficient to sever the joint tenancy
More example sentences
  • Now, that, one would think, is sufficient to sever the relationship.
  • After an impassioned and joyous love affair, she severed their relationship in the late 1880s.
  • I would effectively be severing my connection with them too.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severer, from Latin separare 'disjoin, divide'.

Derivatives

severable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Mr Browne submits that the first two of these meanings are severable and distinct.
  • She submitted that a decision may have many separate and severable elements within it.
  • In my view, the liability and damages are distinct issues that are severable from one another.

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