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sever (v.)

late 14c., severen, transitive, "cause a separation or division, put or keep apart," from Anglo-French severer, Old French sevrer "to separate" (12c., later in French restricted to "to wean," i.e. "to separate from the mother"), from Vulgar Latin *seperare, from Latin separare "to pull apart," from se- "apart" (see secret (n.)) + parare "make ready, prepare" (from PIE root *pere- (1) "to produce, procure"). A Frenchified doublet of separate (v.). Intransitive sense of "go asunder, move apart" is from c. 1400. Related: Severed; severing.

updated on July 06, 2022

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Definitions of sever from WordNet

sever (v.)
set or keep apart;
sever a relationship
Synonyms: break up
sever (v.)
cut off from a whole;
His head was severed from his body
Synonyms: discerp / lop
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