verb (used with object), separated, separating.
to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space:
to separate two fields by a fence.
to put, bring, or force apart; part:
to separate two fighting boys.
to set apart; disconnect; dissociate:
to separate church and state.
to remove or sever from association, service, etc., especially legally or formally:
He was separated from the army right after V-E Day.
to sort, part, divide, or disperse (an assemblage, mass, compound, etc.), as into individual units, components, or elements.
to take by parting or dividing; extract (usually followed by from or out):
to separate metal from ore.
Mathematics. to write (the variables of a differential equation) in a form in which the differentials of the independent and dependent variables are, respectively, functions of these variables alone:
We can separate the variables to solve the equation.
Compare separation of variables.
verb (used without object), separated, separating.
to part company; withdraw from personal association (often followed by from):
to separate from a church.
(of a married pair) to stop living together but without getting a divorce.
to draw or come apart; become divided, disconnected, or detached.
to become parted from a mass or compound:
Cream separates from milk.
to take or go in different directions:
We have to separate at the crossroad.
detached, disconnected, or disjoined.
unconnected; distinct; unique:
two separate questions.
being or standing apart; distant or dispersed:
two separate houses; The desert has widely separate oases.
existing or maintained independently:
individual or particular:
each separate item.
not shared; individual or private:
separate checks; separate rooms.
(sometimes initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a church or other organization no longer associated with the original or parent organization.
Usually, separates. women’s outer garments that may be worn in combination with a variety of others to make different ensembles, as matching and contrasting blouses, skirts, and sweaters.
offprint (def 1).
a bibliographical unit, as an article, chapter, or other portion of a larger work, printed from the same type but issued separately, sometimes with additional pages.
women’s outer garments that only cover part of the body and so are worn in combination with others, usually unmatching; skirts, blouses, jackets, trousers, etc Compare coordinates
(transitive) to act as a barrier between: a range of mountains separates the two countries
to put or force or be put or forced apart
to part or be parted from a mass or group
(transitive) to discriminate between: to separate the men from the boys
to divide or be divided into component parts; sort or be sorted
to sever or be severed
(intransitive) (of a married couple) to cease living together by mutual agreement or after obtaining a decree of judicial separation
adjective (ˈsɛprɪt; ˈsɛpərɪt)
existing or considered independently: a separate problem
disunited or apart
set apart from the main body or mass
distinct, individual, or particular
solitary or withdrawn
(sometimes capital) designating or relating to a Church or similar institution that has ceased to have associations with an original parent organization
- Separate school
noun 1. (in Canada) a school for a large religious minority financed by its rates and administered by its own school board but under the authority of the provincial department of education
- Sensorineural hearing impairment
sensorineural hearing impairment n. Hearing impairment caused by dysfunction of the neural elements involved in the conduction or interpretation of nerve impulses originating in the cochlea.
- Sensorineural deafness
sensorineural deafness n. Hearing loss or impairment due to a lesion or defect of the cochlea or the acoustic nerve.
- Separating funnel
noun 1. (chem) a large funnel having a tap in its output tube, used to separate immiscible liquids