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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sev-er]
    • /ˈsɛv ər/
    • /ˈsev.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sev-er]
    • /ˈsɛv ər/

Definitions of sever word

  • verb with object sever to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like. 1
  • verb with object sever to divide into parts, especially forcibly; cleave. 1
  • verb with object sever to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.). 1
  • verb with object sever Law. to divide into parts; disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.). 1
  • verb with object sever to distinguish; discriminate between. 1
  • verb without object sever to become separated from each other; become divided into parts. 1

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Origin of sever

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English severen < Middle French sev(e)rer to separate

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Sever


sever popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% 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".

sever usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sever

verb sever

  • abscind — to cut off
  • 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.
  • axe — An axe is a tool used for cutting wood. It consists of a heavy metal blade which is sharp at one edge and attached by its other edge to the end of a long handle.
  • besprinkle — to sprinkle all over with liquid, powder, etc
  • bite — If you bite something, you use your teeth to cut into it, for example in order to eat it or break it. If an animal or person bites you, they use their teeth to hurt or injure you.

Antonyms for sever

verb sever

  • agglutinate — to adhere or cause to adhere, as with glue
  • allying — to unite formally, as by treaty, league, marriage, or the like (usually followed by with or to): Russia allied itself to France.
  • annex — If a country annexes another country or an area of land, it seizes it and takes control of it.
  • associate — If you associate someone or something with another thing, the two are connected in your mind.
  • attach — If you attach something to an object, you join it or fasten it to the object.

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