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separate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of separate

  1. 1 not the same or shared we stayed in separate apartments on our vacation Synonyms of separate different, individual, respective Words Related to separate disparate, dissimilar, distinct, distinctive, distinguishable, divergent, diverse, unalike, varied, various Near Antonyms of separate identical, selfsame, very Antonyms of separate same

  2. 2 not physically attached to another unit the housing development has 200 separate homes, each with its own enclosed yard Synonyms of separate detached, disconnected, discrete, free, freestanding, single, unattached, unconnected Words Related to separate independent, self-contained; individual, private Near Antonyms of separate adjoining Antonyms of separate attached, connected, joined, linked

  3. 3 not being under the rule or control of another the former Soviet republic is now a separate country Synonyms of separate autonomous, freestanding, independent, self-governed, self-governing, self-ruling, free, sovereign (also sovran)Words Related to separate freeborn; delivered, emancipated, freed, liberated, manumitted, redeemed, released; unconquered, unruled, unsupervised; empowered, enfranchised; democratic, republicanNear Antonyms of separate bound, captive, conquered, enslaved, fettered, subdued, subjugated; inferior, subordinate, subservientAntonyms of separate dependent, nonautonomous, non-self-governing, subject, unfree

  4. 4 of, relating to, or belonging to a single person the husband and wife each have separate interests Synonyms of separate idiomatic, individualized, particular, patented, peculiar, personal, personalized, private, privy, individual, singular, subjective, uniqueWords Related to separate characteristic, distinctive, intimate; identifying, idiosyncratic; especial, express, special, specific; independent, nonconformist, self-directed, self-sufficient; custom, customized, specializedNear Antonyms of separate broad, prevailing, prevalent, widespread; common, normal, regular, typicalAntonyms of separate general, generic, popular, public, shared, universal

Synonym Discussion of separate

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

separate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of separate

  1. 1 to set or force apart we tried to separate the gluey pages, but they were stuck tight Synonyms of separate break up, decouple, disassociate, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, dissociate, disunite, divide, divorce, part, ramify, resolve, sever, split, sunder, uncouple, unlink, unyoke Words Related to separate break down, decompose, disassemble, disintegrate, dissolve; bifurcate, bisect, cleave, dichotomize, dissect, fractionalize, fractionate, halve, partition, quarter, segment, subdivide, trisect; fragment, fragmentate, fragmentize; break, fracture, pull, rend, rift, rip, rive, rupture, tear; cut off, insulate, isolate, seclude, segregate, sequester; detach, disengage, disentangle, unravel, untie Near Antonyms of separate assemble, associate, blend, combine, mingle, mix; connect, couple; accumulate, agglutinate, attach, bind, cement, close, fasten, fuse, knit, stick, weld Antonyms of separate join, link, unify, unite

  2. 2 to go or move in different directions from a central point the searchers separated in order to cover more ground Synonyms of separate branch (out), diverge, divide, fork, part, spread Words Related to separate bestrew, break up, broadcast, clear out, disband, dispel, disperse, dissipate, distribute, scatter, sow; distance, recede, retreat Near Antonyms of separate assemble, gather, meet Antonyms of separate converge, join

  3. 3 to arrange or assign according to type separate the students by reading ability Synonyms of separate assort, break down, categorize, class, codify, compartment, compartmentalize, digest, distinguish, distribute, grade, group, peg, place, range, rank, relegate, classify, sort, typeWords Related to separate array, dispose, draw up, marshal (also marshall), order, organize, systematize; alphabetize, catalog (or catalogue), file, index, list, refer; pigeonhole, shelve; identify, recognize; cull, screen, set, sieve, sift, winnow; clump, cluster, colligate; recategorize, reclassify, regroup; subcategorizeNear Antonyms of separate confuse, disarrange, jumble, lump, mix (up), scramble; misclassify, missort, mistype

  4. 4 to set or keep apart from others separated the injured calf from the herd Synonyms of separate cut off, insulate, seclude, segregate, isolate, sequesterWords Related to separate quarantine; confine, immure, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up), restrain, restrict; abstract, detach, disengage, remove; detain, hold, keepNear Antonyms of separate assimilate, associate, connect, join, link, unite; discharge, free, liberate, loose, releaseAntonyms of separate desegregate, integrate, reintegrate

  5. 5 to understand or point out the difference in trying to separate science from religion on one specific point Synonyms of separate difference, differentiate, discern, discriminate, secern, distinguishWords Related to separate contradistinguish; comprehend, grasp, know, understand; divide, part, sever; demarcate, mark (off), set offNear Antonyms of separate confound, lump (together), mingleAntonyms of separate confuse, mistake, mix (up)

Synonym Discussion of separate

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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