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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



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

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




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

SamplesSeparate but equal.
Girls and boys in separate classes.

Similarsegregated, unintegrated


4. separate have the connection undone; having become separate




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.


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


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


7. separate (motion) make a division or separation


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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