Definition of sever in English:


Syllabification: sev·er
Pronunciation: /ˈsevər


[with object]
  • 1Divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly: the head was severed from the body (as adjective severed) severed limbs
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    • 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.
    cut off, chop off, detach, disconnect, dissever, separate, part; amputate
    literary sunder
    cut (through), rupture, split, pierce
  • 1.1Put an end to (a connection or relationship); break off: he severed his relations with Lawrence
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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