separate out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of separate out

: to remove (someone or something) from a group
  • Before you put out the trash, you have to separate out the bottles and cans.
  • Most schools separate out children with learning problems.

Word by Word Definitions

separate play
  1. : to set or keep apart : disconnect, sever

  2. : to make a distinction between : discriminate, distinguish

  3. : sort

  1. : set or kept apart : detached

  2. : solitary, secluded

  3. : immaterial, disembodied

  1. : offprint

  2. : an article of dress designed to be worn interchangeably with others to form various costume combinations

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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