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séparer
Pronunciation: /sepaʀe/

Translation of séparer in English:

verbe transitif

  • 1 (ne pas laisser ensemble)
    to separate (objets, concepts, rôles, amis, adversaires)
    to separate out (composants)
    séparer les passagers et les bagages
    to separate passengers and luggage
    séparer quelque chose/quelqu'un de
    to separate something/somebody from
    séparer le minerai de la gangue
    to separate the ore from the valueless material
    séparer les blancs des jaunes (Culinaire)
    separate the whites from the yolks
    nous sommes obligés de les séparer, sinon ils se battent
    we have to separate them ou keep them apart, otherwise they fight
    on ne peut séparer le fond de la forme
    form and content cannot be separated, you can't separate form and content
    séparer l'aspect politique d'un problème de son aspect économique
    to keep the political aspect of a problem separate from its economic aspect
    la mort les a séparés
    they were parted by death
    la vie nous a séparés
    we have gone our separate ways in life
    c'est un malentendu qui les a séparés
    a misunderstanding came between them, a misunderstanding drove them apart
    ivraie
  • 2 (distinguer)
    (personne)
    to distinguish between (concepts, domaines, problèmes)
    séparer un problème d'un autre
    to distinguish between one problem and another
    les deux affaires sont à séparer
    we must distinguish between the two matters ou cases
    on ne peut séparer ces deux problèmes
    one cannot dissociate these two problems

also: se séparer verbe pronominal

  • 4 (se passer de)se séparer de
    to let [somebody] go (employé, collaborateur)
    to part with (objet personnel)
    il ne se sépare jamais de son parapluie
    he takes his umbrella everywhere with him
    ne vous séparez pas de vos bagages
    keep your luggage with you at all times

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