Meaning of separate

Definition of separate

(adj) independent; not united or joint; "a problem consisting of two separate issues"; "they went their separate ways"; "formed a separate church"
standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything; "a freestanding bell tower"; "a house with a separate garage"
separated according to race, sex, class, or religion; "separate but equal"; "girls and boys in separate classes"
have the connection undone; having become separate
(noun) a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments
(verb) act as a barrier between; stand between; "The mountain range divides the two countries"
force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"
mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
divide into components or constituents; "Separate the wheat from the chaff"
arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
go one's own way; move apart; "The friends separated after the party"
become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
treat differently on the basis of sex or race
come apart; "The two pieces that we had glued separated"
divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks"

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