separate

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separate is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
sense - separate - serious

Pronunciation[change]

  • Hyphenation: sep‧a‧rate
noun
verb

Adjective[change]

Positive
separate

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. Being separate means that a piece of an object is not connected to or attached to the rest of the object.
    This chair was broken into five separate pieces.
  2. If two objects, ideas, or people are separate from one another, they are not together.
    I try to keep my personal life separate from work.

Verb[change]

Plain form
separate

Third-person singular
separates

Past tense
separated

Past participle
separated

Present participle
separating

  1. To separate something is to take it apart, divide it, or stop it from connecting.
    I diced the onions and the carrots, separating them into two piles.

Synonyms[change]