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.
Recent Examples of sever from the Web
Annexing it would nearly sever the West Bank between north and south.
The three severed heads were found Saturday on a residential street on the roof of a car, with the bodies inside.
Kuwait was one of the first Gulf Arab countries to sever ties with Syria and pledge support to the rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
The U.S. severed diplomatic ties with the self-governing island in 1979 but has maintained close unofficial relations and a commitment to support its defense.
Failure to achieve an acceptable level of military investment could then be grounds for severing U.S. security ties and returning troops to the U.S.
An Iranian mob ransacked and burned the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, and Saudi Arabia responded by severing diplomatic ties with Iran.
Kassig’s severed head appeared in the Dabiq video a few days later.
This was the link that was severed on Wall Street, where so many made so much for work that served no productive purpose.
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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
SEVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sever for English Language Learners
: to cut off (something) : to remove or separate (something) by cutting
: to end (a relationship, connection, etc.) completely
SEVER Defined for Kids
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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