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
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 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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