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separate definition

Overview

This page has 21 definitions of separate with English translations in 5 languages. Separate is an adjective, verb and noun. Examples of how to use separate in a sentence are shown. Also define these 8 related words and terms: apart, together, united, disunite, disconnect, separat, separare, and separo.

See also: sepárate

English separate definition

Etymology

Latin separatus, perfect passive participle of separare (to separate), from Latin sē- (apart) +‎ parō (prepare). Displaced Middle English scheden, from Old English scēadan (whence English shed).

Pronunciation

  • (adjective, noun) IPA(key): /ˈsɛpɹət/, /ˈsɛpəɹət/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /ˈsɛpəɹeɪt/
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  • Hyphenation: sep‧a‧rate

Adjective

separate (not comparable)

  1. Apart from (the rest); not connected to or attached to (anything else).
    This chair can be disassembled into five separate pieces.
  2. (followed by “from”) Not together (with); not united (to).
    I try to keep my personal life separate from work.
    • United definition
      simple past tense and past participle of unite

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Verb

separate (third-person singular simple present separates, present participle separating, simple past and past participle separated)

  1. (transitive) To divide (a thing) into separate parts.
    Separate the articles from the headings.
  2. (transitive) To disunite from a group or mass; to disconnect.
  3. (transitive) To cause (things or people) to be separate.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […];  […]; or perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.
    If the kids get too noisy, separate them for a few minutes.
  4. (intransitive) To divide itself into separate pieces or substances.
    The sauce will separate if you don't keep stirring.
  5. (obsolete) To set apart; to select from among others, as for a special use or service.

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Noun

separate (plural separates)

  1. (usually in the plural) Anything that is sold by itself, especially articles of clothing such as blouses, skirts, jackets, and pants.

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    • 2017 October 2, Jess Cartner-Morle, “Stella McCartney lays waste to disposable fashion in Paris”, in the Guardian[1]:
      French taffeta evening separates – a puffball skirt, and a ruffled blouse – were pressed flat to drag them up to date.

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German separate definition

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Adjective

separate

  1. inflection of separat:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular
    • Separat definition
      separate

Italian separate definition

Verb

separate

  1. second-person plural indicative present of separare
  2. second-person plural imperative of separare

Latin separate definition

Verb

sēparāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of sēparō
    • Separo definition
      first-person singular present indicative form of separar

References

  • separate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • separate in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • separate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Norwegian Bokmål separate definition

Adjective

separate

  1. definite singular of separat
  2. plural of separat

Norwegian Nynorsk separate definition

Adjective

separate

  1. definite singular of separat
  2. plural of separat