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several

adjective sev·er·al \ ˈsev-rəl , ˈse-və- \

Definition of several

1 a :separate or distinct from one another
  • federal union of the several states
b (1) :individually owned or controlled :exclusive
  • a several fishery
— compare common
(2) :of or relating separately to each individual involved
  • a several judgment
c :being separate and distinctive :respective
  • specialists in their several fields
2 a :more than one
  • several pleas
b :more than two but fewer than many
  • moved several inches
c chiefly dialectal :being a great many

Examples of several in a Sentence

  1. It took several days for the package to arrive.

  2. He arrived several hours ago.

  3. We added several more names to the list.

  4. The meat can be cooked several ways.

  5. There are several similar stores at the mall.

  6. a federal union of the several states

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Origin and Etymology of several

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate, back-formation from separare to separate


2

several

pronoun, plural in construction

Definition of several

:an indefinite number more than two and fewer than many
  • several of the guests

First Known Use of several

1639



SEVERAL Defined for English Language Learners

several

adjective

Definition of several for English Language Learners

  • : more than two but not very many

  • : different and separate


SEVERAL Defined for Kids

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several

adjective sev·er·al \ ˈse-və-rəl , ˈsev-rəl \

Definition of several for Students

1 :consisting of more than two but not very many
  • several people
  • several minutes
2 :separate or distinct from others :different
  • federal union of the several states

2

several

pronoun

Definition of several for Students

:a small number :more than two but not many
  • The new rules made several of us angry.

Law Dictionary

several

adjective sev·er·al

legal Definition of several

1 a :of or relating separately to each individual involved; specifically :enforceable separately against each party
  • each promisor owed a several duty
— see also several liability at liability 2b, several obligation at obligation
b :being separately or individually responsible, liable, or obligated
  • a several obligor
— compare joint
2 :separate or distinct from one another
  • to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States
  • U.S. Constitution art. I

severally

adverb

Origin and Etymology of several

Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate


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