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sev·er

 (sĕv′ər)
tr.v. sev·ered, sev·er·ing, sev·ers
1. To cut off (a part) from a whole: severed the branch from the tree.
2. To divide into parts; break or interrupt: sever a cord; severed the army's supply lines.
3. To break up (a relationship, for example); dissolve. See Synonyms at separate.

[Middle English severen, from Anglo-Norman severer, from Vulgar Latin *sēperāre, from Latin sēparāre; see separate.]

sever

(ˈsɛvə)
vb
1. to put or be put apart; separate
2. to divide or be divided into parts
3. (tr) to break off or dissolve (a tie, relationship, etc)
[C14 severen, from Old French severer, from Latin sēparāre to separate]

sev•er

(ˈsɛv ər)

v. -ered, -er•ing. v.t.
1. to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting.
2. to divide into parts, esp. forcibly; cleave.
3. to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.).
v.i.
4. to become separated or divided.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French sev(e)rer to separate]

sever


Past participle: severed
Gerund: severing

Imperative
sever
sever
Present
I sever
you sever
he/she/it severs
we sever
you sever
they sever
Preterite
I severed
you severed
he/she/it severed
we severed
you severed
they severed
Present Continuous
I am severing
you are severing
he/she/it is severing
we are severing
you are severing
they are severing
Present Perfect
I have severed
you have severed
he/she/it has severed
we have severed
you have severed
they have severed
Past Continuous
I was severing
you were severing
he/she/it was severing
we were severing
you were severing
they were severing
Past Perfect
I had severed
you had severed
he/she/it had severed
we had severed
you had severed
they had severed
Future
I will sever
you will sever
he/she/it will sever
we will sever
you will sever
they will sever
Future Perfect
I will have severed
you will have severed
he/she/it will have severed
we will have severed
you will have severed
they will have severed
Future Continuous
I will be severing
you will be severing
he/she/it will be severing
we will be severing
you will be severing
they will be severing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been severing
you have been severing
he/she/it has been severing
we have been severing
you have been severing
they have been severing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been severing
you will have been severing
he/she/it will have been severing
we will have been severing
you will have been severing
they will have been severing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been severing
you had been severing
he/she/it had been severing
we had been severing
you had been severing
they had been severing
Conditional
I would sever
you would sever
he/she/it would sever
we would sever
you would sever
they would sever
Past Conditional
I would have severed
you would have severed
he/she/it would have severed
we would have severed
you would have severed
they would have severed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sever - set or keep apart; "sever a relationship"
disunite, separate, part, divide - force, take, or pull apart; "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"
lop, sever, discerp - cut off from a whole; "His head was severed from his body"; "The soul discerped from the body"
2.sever - cut off from a whole; "His head was severed from his body"; "The soul discerped from the body"
cut - separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"
sever, break up - set or keep apart; "sever a relationship"

sever

verb
1. cut, separate, split, part, divide, rend, detach, disconnect, cleave, bisect, disunite, cut in two, sunder, disjoin Oil was still gushing from the severed fuel line.
cut unite, join, link, connect, attach, fix together
2. discontinue, terminate, break off, abandon, dissolve, put an end to, dissociate He was able to sever all emotional bonds to his family.
discontinue continue, maintain, uphold

sever

verb
To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument:
Translations
يَقْطَع أو يَكْسِريَقْطَع العُلاقات مَع، يُنْهي
přerušitutrhnout
afbrydebrække af
skera á, slítaskera, brjóta
izbeigtnocirstnogrieztnorautpārtraukt
lossnijden
koparmakson vermek

sever

[ˈsevəʳ]
A. VTcortar (fig) [+ relations, communications] → romper
B. VI [rope etc] → cortarse

sever

[ˈsɛvər] vt
(= cut through) [+ limb, artery] → sectionner; [+ pipe, wire] → couper
[break off] [+ relations] → rompre
to sever all ties with sb → rompre tout lien avec qn
She had severed all ties with her parents → Elle avait rompu tout lien avec ses parents.

sever

vt (= cut through)durchtrennen; (violently) → durchschlagen; (= cut off)abtrennen; (violently) → abschlagen; (fig: = break off) tieslösen; relations, links, friendshipabbrechen; communicationsunterbrechen; (= divide) nationteilen; the wires were severed in the stormbeim Sturm sind die Leitungen (durch)gerissen; to sever somebody from somebody/somethingjdn von jdm/etw trennen; to sever something from somethingetw von etw abtrennen
vi(durch)reißen

sever

[ˈsɛvəʳ] vt (rope) → tagliare, recidere; (limb) → staccare, mozzare (fig) (relations) → troncare, rompere; (communications) → interrompere

sever

(ˈsevə) verb
1. to put an end to. He severed relations with his family.
2. to cut or break off. His arm was severed in the accident.
ˈseverance noun

sever

v. cortar, romper; separar.

sever

vt cortar completamente (p. ej., una arteria)
References in classic literature ?
It was let down to the ground, and there came the "headsman," whose task it was to sever the head, with two or three swift strokes.
I believe he is of mine;--I am sure he is--I feel akin to him--I understand the language of his countenance and movements: though rank and wealth sever us widely, I have something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him.
I have my eyes on it: hardly three feet to sever me
All being made ready with much labour, and the hour come, the sultan was aroused in the dead of the night, and the sharpened axe that was to sever the rope from the great iron ring was put into his hand, and he struck with it, and the rope parted and rushed away, and the ceiling fell.
Seek not temptation then, which to avoide Were better, and most likelie if from mee Thou sever not; Trial will come unsought.
Then I lay quiet, waiting to sever these last when the strain should be once more lightened by a breath of wind.
But to give him anything to drink was impossible, or would have been so had not the landlord bored a reed, and putting one end in his mouth poured the wine into him through the other; all which he bore with patience rather than sever the ribbons of his helmet.
And thus, without in appearance living otherwise than those who, with no other occupation than that of spending their lives agreeably and innocently, study to sever pleasure from vice, and who, that they may enjoy their leisure without ennui, have recourse to such pursuits as are honorable, I was nevertheless prosecuting my design, and making greater progress in the knowledge of truth, than I might, perhaps, have made had I been engaged in the perusal of books merely, or in holding converse with men of letters.
Kantos Kan perceived my coup and stepping quickly to my side he placed his foot upon my neck and withdrawing his sword from my body gave me the final death blow through the neck which is supposed to sever the jugular vein, but in this instance the cold blade slipped harmlessly into the sand of the arena.
Furthermore I say--and lay my saying to your heart--the coming dawn will usher in the ill-omened day that is to sever me from the house of Ulysses, for I am about to hold a tournament of axes.
As long as her daily toil seemed to supply her own little wants, Adrienne was content to watch on, weep on, pray on, in waiting for the moment she so much dreaded; that which was to sever the last tie she appeared to possess on earth.
He eyed his fair flesh over and over to see where he could best wound it, but all was protected by the goodly armour of which Hector had spoiled Patroclus after he had slain him, save only the throat where the collar-bones divide the neck from the shoulders, and this is a most deadly place: here then did Achilles strike him as he was coming on towards him, and the point of his spear went right through the fleshy part of the neck, but it did not sever his windpipe so that he could still speak.