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separate

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1 not the same or shared
  • we stayed in separate apartments on our vacation

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2 not physically attached to another unit
  • the housing development has 200 separate homes, each with its own enclosed yard

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3 not being under the rule or control of another
  • the former Soviet republic is now a separate country

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4 of, relating to, or belonging to a single person
  • the husband and wife each have separate interests

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2 to go or move in different directions from a central point
  • the searchers separated in order to cover more ground

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4 to set or keep apart from others
  • separated the injured calf from the herd

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5 to understand or point out the difference in
  • trying to separate science from religion on one specific point

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Adjective

distinct, separate, discrete mean not being each and every one the same. distinct indicates that something is distinguished by the mind or eye as being apart or different from others. two distinct versions separate often stresses lack of connection or a difference in identity between two things. separate rooms discrete strongly emphasizes individuality and lack of connection. broke the job down into discrete stages

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separate, part, divide, sever, sunder, divorce mean to become or cause to become disunited or disjointed. separate may imply any of several causes such as dispersion, removal of one from others, or presence of an intervening thing. separated her personal life from her career part implies the separating of things or persons in close union or association. vowed never to part divide implies separating into pieces or sections by cutting or breaking. civil war divided the nation sever implies violence especially in the removal of a part or member. a severed limb sunder suggests violent rending or wrenching apart. a city sundered by racial conflict divorce implies separating two things that commonly interact and belong together. cannot divorce scientific research from moral responsibility

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The first known use of separate was in the 15th century

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“Separate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/separate. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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