|1.||[ adjective ] independent; not united or joint|
"a problem consisting of two separate issues" "they went their separate ways" "formed a separate church"
|Related terms:||joint detached detached disjunct discrete abstracted disjoint isolable apart asunder other individual independent divided segregated unshared separation|
|2.||[ verb ] act as a barrier between; stand between|
: "The mountain range divides the two countries"
|Related terms:||partition watershed|
|3.||[ verb ] force, take, or pull apart|
|Synonyms:||divide part disunite|
"He separated the fighting children" "Moses parted the Red Sea"
|Related terms:||move cut tear tear sever sequester polarize disconnect gin break disjoint disjoin joint compartmentalize|
|4.||[ verb ] mark as different|
|Synonyms:||distinguish differentiate tell severalise severalize secernate tell_apart secern|
"We distinguish several kinds of maple"
|Related terms:||identify contrast discriminate contrast label demarcate stratify discriminate label know contradistinguish severalize dissociate individualize sex differentiation differentiator compare|
|5.||[ verb ] separate into parts or portions|
|Synonyms:||divide split dissever carve_up split_up|
"divide the cake into three equal parts" "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
|Related terms:||unite change_integrity balkanize parcel sliver triangulate canton break paragraph unitize format sectionalise subdivide lot partition split divider|
|6.||[ adjective ] individual and distinct|
"pegged down each separate branch to the earth" "a gift for every single child"
|7.||[ verb ] arrange or order by classes or categories|
|Synonyms:||classify sort_out class assort sort|
"How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
|Related terms:||categorize categorize refer group reclassify catalogue count pigeonhole dichotomize unitise grade isolate size class categorization classification class class classifier class sorting classification sort sorter sorter compare|
|8.||[ verb ] divide into components or constituents|
"Separate the wheat from the chaff"
|Related terms:||change_integrity filter dialyse decompose fractionate precipitate sift winnow fractionate extract peptize wash avulse tease macerate separation|
|9.||[ adjective ] standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything|
"a freestanding bell tower" "a house with a separate garage"
|10.||[ verb ] make a division or separation|
|Related terms:||break disperse detach break partition shut_off rail rope_off division|
|11.||[ verb ] go one's own away; move apart|
"The friends separated after the party"
|Related terms:||move disperse break_up diffract schism|
|12.||[ verb ] become separated into pieces or fragments|
|Synonyms:||break come_apart fall_apart split_up|
"The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
|Related terms:||change_integrity burst snap break_up ladder burst puncture smash crush decompose break break fault|
|13.||[ verb ] discontinue an association or relation; go different ways|
|Synonyms:||break_up split part break split_up|
"The business partners broke over a tax question" "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage" "My friend and I split up"
|Related terms:||secede disassociate dissassociate break_with divorce break give_the_axe disunify break separation dissolution rupture legal_separation|
|14.||[ adjective ] have the connection undone; having become separate|
|15.||[ verb ] come apart|
"The two pieces that we had glued separated"
|Related terms:||change detach chip dismember polarize reduce partition segment calve segregate disjoin segment subdivide gerrymander separation|
|16.||[ adjective ] not living together as man and wife|
"decided to live apart" "maintaining separate households" "they are separated"
|17.||[ adjective ] characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing|
"an individual serving" "separate rooms" "single occupancy" "a single bed"
|18.||[ adjective ] separated according to race, sex, class, or religion|
"separate but equal" "girls and boys in separate classes"
|19.||[ noun ] (printing,writing) a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication|
|Related terms:||article reprint|
|20.||[ verb ] treat differently on the basis of sex or race|
|Related terms:||distinguish isolate segregate disadvantage redline hive_off discrimination|
|21.||[ verb ] divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork|
|Synonyms:||ramify fork furcate branch|
"The road forks"
|Related terms:||diverge twig arborize trifurcate bifurcate diversify branch branch branching ramification furcation branch|
|22.||[ noun ] (clothing) a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments|