Simple Definition of sever
: to cut off (something) : to remove or separate (something) by cutting
: to end (a relationship, connection, etc.) completely
Examples of sever in a sentence
He severed the lowest tree limbs.
His finger was severed in the accident.
Activists are asking the government to sever all diplomatic relations with the country.
Origin and Etymology of sever
Middle English, from Anglo-French severer, from Latin separare — more at separate
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of sever
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Definition of sever for Students
: to cut off <… the sword … severed the tip of his tail. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>
Legal Definition of sever
1 : to end (a joint tenancy) by ending one or all of the unities of time, title, possession, or interest (as by conveying one tenant's interest to another party)
2 : to separate (as a contract) into different parts (as independent obligations) in order to treat each separately
3a : to try (criminal offenses or defendants) separately in order to avoid prejudice b : to split (a criminal trial) into multiple trials in order to avoid prejudice c : to try (civil claims or issues pleaded in the same case) separately
severance\ˈse-vrəns, -və-rens\ play noun
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