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Definition of "sever" [sev•er]

  • To set or keep apart; divide or separate. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut off (a part) from a whole. (verb-transitive)
  • To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve. See Synonyms at separate. (verb-transitive)
  • To become cut or broken apart. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become separated or divided from each other. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sever" in a sentence
  • "Tapping on my clipboard with my pen and pointing to the word sever, I asked, Oh, one other thing about Georgann Hawkins."
  • "In fact most persons who are injured by WP do not die as a result though they do sustin sever injuries, usually several severe injuries."
  • "A motion to sever is a motion by one of two or more co-accused to be tried separately from the other or others."