Etymology
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sever (v.)

c. 1300, from Anglo-French severer, Old French sevrer "to separate" (12c., later in French restricted to "to wean," i.e. "to separare 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").

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Definitions of sever

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
From wordnet.princeton.edu