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
Synonyms: divide

: "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
Synonyms: single

"pegged down each separate branch to the earth" "a gift for every single child"

Related terms: individual
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
Synonyms: freestanding

"a freestanding bell tower" "a house with a separate garage"

Related terms: detached
10. [ verb ] make a division or separation
Synonyms: divide
Related terms: break disperse detach break partition shut_off rail rope_off division
11. [ verb ] go one's own away; move apart
Synonyms: part split

"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
Synonyms: disjoined
Related terms: unconnected
15. [ verb ] come apart
Synonyms: divide part

"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
Synonyms: separated apart

"decided to live apart" "maintaining separate households" "they are separated"

Related terms: divided
17. [ adjective ] characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing
Synonyms: individual single

"an individual serving" "separate rooms" "single occupancy" "a single bed"

Related terms: unshared
18. [ adjective ] separated according to race, sex, class, or religion

"separate but equal" "girls and boys in separate classes"

Related terms: segregated
19. [ noun ] (printing,writing) a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
Synonyms: reprint offprint
Related terms: article reprint
20. [ verb ] treat differently on the basis of sex or race
Synonyms: single_out discriminate
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
Related terms: garment
Similar spelling:   separated