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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [verb sep-uh-reyt; adjective, noun sep-er-it]
    • /verb ˈsɛp əˌreɪt; adjective, noun ˈsɛp ər ɪt/
    • /ˈseprət/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb sep-uh-reyt; adjective, noun sep-er-it]
    • /verb ˈsɛp əˌreɪt; adjective, noun ˈsɛp ər ɪt/

Definitions of separate word

  • verb with object separate to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space: to separate two fields by a fence. 1
  • verb with object separate to put, bring, or force apart; part: to separate two fighting boys. 1
  • verb with object separate to set apart; disconnect; dissociate: to separate church and state. 1
  • verb with object separate to remove or sever from association, service, etc., especially legally or formally: He was separated from the army right after V-E Day. 1
  • verb with object separate to sort, part, divide, or disperse (an assemblage, mass, compound, etc.), as into individual units, components, or elements. 1
  • verb with object separate to take by parting or dividing; extract (usually followed by from or out): to separate metal from ore. 1

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Origin of separate

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English (noun and adj.) < Latin sēparātus (past participle of sēparāre), equivalent to sē- se- + par(āre) to furnish, produce, obtain, prepare + -ātus -ate1

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Parts of speech for Separate


separate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for separate

adj separate

  • a few — small number of
  • anti-social — Someone who is anti-social is unwilling to meet and be friendly with other people.
  • anti-thetical — of the nature of or involving antithesis.
  • apples and oranges — (Idiomatic) Said of a comparison of items that are not comparable.
  • at large — You use at large to indicate that you are talking in a general way about most of the people mentioned.

verb separate

  • abstract — An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.
  • accounted — an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative: an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.
  • adios — goodbye; farewell
  • alienate — If you alienate someone, you make them become unfriendly or unsympathetic towards you.
  • amputate — To amputate someone's arm or leg means to cut all or part of it off in an operation because it is diseased or badly damaged.

adv separate

  • apart — When people or things are apart, they are some distance from each other.

adjective separate

  • alien — Alien means belonging to a different country, race, or group, usually one you do not like or are frightened of.
  • alienated — indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile
  • aloof — Someone who is aloof is not very friendly and does not like to spend time with other people.
  • apportioned — to distribute or allocate proportionally; divide and assign according to some rule of proportional distribution: to apportion expenses among the three men.
  • asunder — If something tears or is torn asunder, it is violently separated into two or more parts or pieces.

Antonyms for separate

verb separate

  • accumulate — When you accumulate things or when they accumulate, they collect or are gathered over a period of time.
  • add up — If facts or events do not add up, they make you confused about a situation because they do not seem to be consistent. If something that someone has said or done adds up, it is reasonable and sensible.
  • adhere — If you adhere to an opinion or belief, you support or hold it.
  • adjoin — If one room, place, or object adjoins another, they are next to each other.
  • admix — to mix or blend

adj separate

  • adjacent — If one thing is adjacent to another, the two things are next to each other.
  • adjoining — being in contact; connected or neighbouring
  • approximal — situated side by side; close together
  • appurtenant — relating, belonging, or accessory
  • at close quarters — If you do something at close quarters, you do it very near to a particular person or thing.

adv separate

  • along — If something is situated along a road, river, or corridor, it is situated in it or beside it.
  • as well — You use as well when mentioning something which happens in the same way as something else already mentioned, or which should be considered at the same time as that thing.

prep separate

  • amid — If something happens amid noises or events of some kind, it happens while the other things are happening.
  • amidst — Amidst means the same as amid.
  • among — Someone or something that is situated or moving among a group of things or people is surrounded by them.
  • amongst — Amongst means the same as among.
  • betwixtbetwixt and between, neither the one nor the other; in a middle or unresolved position: Not wanting to side with either her father or her mother, she was betwixt and between.

adjective separate

  • associated — If one thing is associated with another, the two things are connected with each other.
  • coadjuvant — Cooperating.
  • coextending — Present participle of coextend.
  • coincidental — Something that is coincidental is the result of a coincidence and has not been deliberately arranged.
  • concurrent — Concurrent events or situations happen at the same time.

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