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separate

adjective

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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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separate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of separate (Entry 2 of 2)

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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How is the word separate different from other adjectives like it?

The words discrete and distinct are common synonyms of separate. While all three words mean "not being each and every one the same," separate often stresses lack of connection or a difference in identity between two things.

separate rooms

When could discrete be used to replace separate?

Although the words discrete and separate have much in common, discrete strongly emphasizes individuality and lack of connection.

broke the job down into discrete stages

When would distinct be a good substitute for separate?

The meanings of distinct and separate largely overlap; however, distinct indicates that something is distinguished by the mind or eye as being apart or different from others.

two distinct versions

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

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“Separate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/separate. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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