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Translation of separate in Spanish:


American English: /ˈsɛp(ə)rət/
British English: /ˈsɛp(ə)rət/
  • 1 (individual) (usually before noun)
    (beds/rooms/bank accounts)
    they're taking separate vacations this year
    este año cada uno se va de vacaciones por separado
    they live in the same house but lead separate lives
    viven en la misma casa pero hacen vida aparte
    to go our/their separate ways
    irse cada uno por su lado
    after the divorce, they went their separate ways
    después del divorcio cada uno se fue por su lado
  • 2 (physically apart) the gym is in a separate building
    el gimnasio está en un edificio aparte or en otro edificio
    could I have the salad on a separate plate?
    ¿me podría servir la ensalada en un plato aparte or en otro plato?
    separate from something
    separado de algo
    keep your passport separate from your wallet
    no guarde juntos el pasaporte y la billetera
  • 3 (distinct, different) this word has three separate meanings
    esta palabra tiene tres significados distintos or diferentes
    answer each question on a separate sheet of paper
    conteste cada pregunta en una hoja aparte
    the subject deserves separate treatment
    el tema merece ser tratado por separado
    send it under separate cover
    mándelo por separado

transitive verb

American English: /ˈsɛpəˌreɪt/
British English: /ˈsɛpəreɪt/
  • 1 (set apart) to separate something/somebody from something/somebody
    separar algo/a alguien de algo/alguien
    separate the yolk from the white
    Example sentences
    • The facts should be carefully separated from opinion and used in a language those people can emotionally relate to.
    • The greenhouse gas had been separated from extracted natural gas and would normally have been released into the atmosphere…
    • One of the most obvious is the stage at which the juice is separated from the skins by pressing (before fermentation for white wines, after fermentation for red wines).
  • 2 (keep apart) the issues that separate the two sides
    los temas que separan a ambos bandos
    to be separated from somebody
    estar separado de alguien
    he was separated from his family for months
    durante meses estuvo separado de su familia
    Example sentences
    • Sectors are generally not separated by clear boundaries like those between levels of analysis.
    • One of the main disorders occurs when walls separating the heart's four chambers do not form properly.
    • But it was an extremely close contest with just six points separating the top five places.
  • 3 (distinguish) to separate something from something
    distinguir or diferenciar algo de algo
    she finds it difficult to separate fact from fiction
    encuentra difícil distinguir or diferenciar lo real de lo ficticio
    Example sentences
    • With experience, you are genuinely able to separate yourself from the writer and your current function as a director.
    • What both types have in common is an ability to totally separate emotion and sex.
    • What qualities separate a top-flight guide writer from one who's merely average?

intransitive verb

American English: /ˈsɛpəˌreɪt/
British English: /ˈsɛpəreɪt/
  • 1 (divide)
    the sauce separated
    la salsa se cortó
  • 2 (move apart)
    Example sentences
    • These ligaments can be sprained, disrupted, detached, or separated, depending on the severity of the injury.
    • As you pull the lithosphere apart, as it separates, decompression occurs in the earth's mantle underneath the spreading centre.
    • Again to surprise them the rectangle flowed apart, separating into strands and being drawn in upwards one after another, perfectly synchronized.
  • 3
    Example sentences
    • For one thing Erica knew his parents were always separating or getting back together.
    • After some time together, she separated from her husband with the intention of divorcing him, and moved into separate accommodation.
    • She was living in public housing, separated from her husband and living on a lone parent allowance.

Phrasal verbs

separate off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

separate out

1verb + adverb
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
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