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v. dis·sev·ered, dis·sev·er·ing, dis·sev·ers
1. To separate; sever.
2. To divide into parts; break up.
To become separated or disunited.
[Middle English disseveren, from Old French dessevrer, from Late Latin dissēparāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin sēparāre, to separate; see separate.]
dis·sev′er·ance, dis·sev′er·ment n.
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1. to break off or become broken off
2. (tr) to divide up into parts
[C13: from Old French dessevrer, from Late Latin dis-1 + sēparāre to separate]
disˈseverance, disˈseverment, disˌseverˈation n
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1. to sever; separate.
2. to divide into parts.v.i.
3. to part; separate.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French dessevrer < Late Latin dissēparāre= Latin dis- dis-1 + sēparāre to separate]
dis•sev′er•ance, dis•sev′er•ment, dis•sev`er•a′tion, n.
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Past participle: dissevered
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|Verb||1.||dissever - separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"|
change integrity - change in physical make-up
subdivide - divide into smaller and smaller pieces; "This apartment cannot be subdivided any further!"
initialise, initialize, format - divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data; "Please format this disk before entering data!"
sectionalise, sectionalize - divide into sections, especially into geographic sections; "sectionalize a country"
triangulate - divide into triangles or give a triangular form to; "triangulate the piece of cardboard"
lot - divide into lots, as of land, for example
parcel - divide into parts; "The developers parceled the land"
paragraph - divide into paragraphs, as of text; "This story is well paragraphed"
canton - divide into cantons, of a country
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1. To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument:
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