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Dictionary definition for: Separate

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

2. (a) independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues" "they went their separate ways" "formed a separate church"

3. (v) act as a barrier between; stand between; "The mountain range divides the two countries"

4. (n) a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments

5. (s) individual and distinct; "pegged down each separate branch to the earth" "a gift for every single child"

6. (v) force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children" "Moses parted the Red Sea"

7. (s) standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything; "a freestanding bell tower" "a house with a separate garage"

8. (v) mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

9. (v) separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts" "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"

10. (s) not living together as man and wife; "decided to live apart" "maintaining separate households" "they are separated"

11. (s) characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing; "an individual serving" "separate rooms" "single occupancy" "a single bed"

12. (v) come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"

13. (s) separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; "separate but equal" "girls and boys in separate classes"

14. (v) divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff"

15. (v) arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"

16. (s) have the connection undone; having become separate

17. (v) become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

18. (v) make a division or separation

19. (v) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question" "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage" "My friend and I split up"

20. (v) go one''s own away; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"

21. (v) treat differently on the basis of sex or race

22. (v) divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"

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