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English adjective: separate

1. separate independent; not united or joint


SamplesA problem consisting of two separate issues.
They went their separate ways.
Formed a separate church.


Similarapart, asunder, detached, discrete, disjoint, disjunct, distinct, isolable, isolated, isolated, separated, set-apart, unaccompanied


See alsodivided, independent, individual, other, segregated, single, unintegrated, unshared


Attributeseparation


Antonymsjoint

2. separate standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything


SamplesA freestanding bell tower.
A house with a separate garage.


Synonymsfreestanding


Similardetached


Antonymsattached

3. separate separated according to race, sex, class, or religion


SamplesSeparate but equal.
Girls and boys in separate classes.


Similarsegregated, unintegrated


Antonymsintegrated

4. separate have the connection undone; having become separate


Synonymsdisjoined


Similarunconnected


Antonymsconnected


English noun: separate

1. separate (communication) a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication


Synonymsoffprint, reprint


Broader (hypernym)article

2. separate (artifact) a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments


Broader (hypernym)garment


English verb: separate

1. separate (stative) act as a barrier between; stand between


SamplesThe mountain range divides the two countries.


Synonymsdivide


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

2. separate (contact) force, take, or pull apart


SamplesHe separated the fighting children.
Moses parted the Red Sea.


Synonymsdisunite, divide, part


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)break, break up, bust, compartmentalise, compartmentalize, cut, cut up, disarticulate, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, disjoint, gin, isolate, joint, keep apart, polarise, polarize, rupture, sequester, sequestrate, set apart, sever, snap, tear, tear


Causedivide, part, separate

3. separate (cognition) mark as different


SamplesWe distinguish several kinds of maple.


Synonymsdifferentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)identify, place


Narrower (hyponym)contradistinguish, contrast, decouple, demarcate, discriminate, discriminate, dissociate, individualise, individualize, know, know apart, label, label, separate, severalise, severalize, sex, single out, stratify


Entailcompare

4. separate (social) separate into parts or portions


SamplesDivide the cake into three equal parts.
The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I.


Synonymscarve up, dissever, divide, split, split up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Narrower (hyponym)Balkanise, Balkanize, canton, format, initialise, initialize, lot, paragraph, parcel, sectionalise, sectionalize, sliver, splinter, subdivide, triangulate, unitise, unitize


Antonymsunite, unify

5. separate (contact) divide into components or constituents


SamplesSeparate the wheat from the chaff.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Narrower (hyponym)avulse, break down, break up, card, decompose, dialyse, dialyze, disperse, extract, filter, filter out, filtrate, fractionate, fractionate, macerate, peptise, peptize, separate out, sieve, sift, strain, strain, tease, wash

6. separate (cognition) arrange or order by classes or categories


SamplesHow would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?.


Synonymsassort, class, classify, sort, sort out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)categorise, categorize


Narrower (hyponym)catalog, catalogue, count, dichotomise, dichotomize, grade, group, isolate, number, pigeonhole, reclassify, refer, size, stamp, stereotype, unitise, unitize


Entailcompare

7. separate (motion) make a division or separation


Synonymsdivide


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)break, break up, close off, detach, dispel, disperse, dissipate, partition, rail, rail off, scatter, shut off, zone

8. separate (social) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways


SamplesThe business partners broke over a tax question.
The couple separated after 25 years of marriage.
My friend and I split up.


Synonymsbreak, break up, part, split, split up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Narrower (hyponym)break, break apart, break away, break away, break with, disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunify, disunite, divorce, divorce, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, secede, splinter, split up

9. separate (motion) go one's own way; move apart


SamplesThe friends separated after the party.


Synonymspart, split


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)move


Narrower (hyponym)break up, diffract, disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out

10. separate (change) become separated into pieces or fragments


SamplesThe figurine broke.
The freshly baked loaf fell apart.


Synonymsbreak, come apart, fall apart, split up


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Narrower (hyponym)break open, break up, burst, burst, bust, crack, crush, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize, ladder, puncture, run, smash, snap, split


Verb groupbreak

11. separate (social) treat differently on the basis of sex or race


Synonymsdiscriminate, single out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart


Narrower (hyponym)disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour, hive off, insulate, isolate, redline, segregate

12. separate (contact) come apart


SamplesThe two pieces that we had glued separated.


Synonymsdivide, part


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)break away, break off, break up, calve, chip, chip off, come away, come off, come off, detach, discerp, disjoin, disjoint, dismember, gerrymander, partition, partition off, polarise, polarize, reduce, section, segment, segment, segregate, subdivide, take apart

13. separate (change) divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork


SamplesThe road forks.


Synonymsbranch, fork, furcate, ramify


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)diverge


Narrower (hyponym)arborise, arborize, bifurcate, trifurcate, twig


Verb groupbranch, ramify









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