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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.


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


(dɪˈsɛv ər)

1. to sever; separate.
2. to divide into parts.
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.


Past participle: dissevered
Gerund: dissevering

I dissever
you dissever
he/she/it dissevers
we dissever
you dissever
they dissever
I dissevered
you dissevered
he/she/it dissevered
we dissevered
you dissevered
they dissevered
Present Continuous
I am dissevering
you are dissevering
he/she/it is dissevering
we are dissevering
you are dissevering
they are dissevering
Present Perfect
I have dissevered
you have dissevered
he/she/it has dissevered
we have dissevered
you have dissevered
they have dissevered
Past Continuous
I was dissevering
you were dissevering
he/she/it was dissevering
we were dissevering
you were dissevering
they were dissevering
Past Perfect
I had dissevered
you had dissevered
he/she/it had dissevered
we had dissevered
you had dissevered
they had dissevered
I will dissever
you will dissever
he/she/it will dissever
we will dissever
you will dissever
they will dissever
Future Perfect
I will have dissevered
you will have dissevered
he/she/it will have dissevered
we will have dissevered
you will have dissevered
they will have dissevered
Future Continuous
I will be dissevering
you will be dissevering
he/she/it will be dissevering
we will be dissevering
you will be dissevering
they will be dissevering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dissevering
you have been dissevering
he/she/it has been dissevering
we have been dissevering
you have been dissevering
they have been dissevering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dissevering
you will have been dissevering
he/she/it will have been dissevering
we will have been dissevering
you will have been dissevering
they will have been dissevering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dissevering
you had been dissevering
he/she/it had been dissevering
we had been dissevering
you had been dissevering
they had been dissevering
I would dissever
you would dissever
he/she/it would dissever
we would dissever
you would dissever
they would dissever
Past Conditional
I would have dissevered
you would have dissevered
he/she/it would have dissevered
we would have dissevered
you would have dissevered
they would have dissevered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
unitise, unitize - divide (bulk material) and process as units
lot - divide into lots, as of land, for example
parcel - divide into parts; "The developers parceled the land"
sliver, splinter - divide into slivers or splinters
paragraph - divide into paragraphs, as of text; "This story is well paragraphed"
canton - divide into cantons, of a country
Balkanise, Balkanize - divide a territory into small, hostile states


1. To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument:
2. To make a division into parts, sections, or branches:
References in classic literature ?
But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we - Of many far wiser than we - And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the sea Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE: -
He had contrived, or rather he had happened, to dissever himself from the world--to vanish--to give up his place and privileges with living men, without being admitted among the dead.
"Venerable trapper, or, as I may now say, liberator," commenced the dolorous Obed, "it would seem, that a fitting time has at length arrived to dissever the unnatural and altogether irregular connection, which exists between my inferior members and the body of Asinus.
"Strength and rarity!" I repeated to myself; "ay, the words are probably true," for on looking up, I saw the sun had dissevered its screening cloud, her countenance was transfigured, a smile shone in her eyes--a smile almost triumphant; it seemed to say--
Suddenly he flung away his war-club, red with blood, rushed upon a wounded warrior, and, chopping off his arm at a single stroke, carried the dissevered member to his mouth, and bit it again and again.
The repetition of Hewet's name in short, dissevered syllables was to them the crack of a dry branch or the laughter of a bird.
"The erection of a line of such telegraphs from New York to Washington, [Boston, and New Orleans,] with all the intermediate points, would at once connect the whole of the chief cities of the Union in one magnetic embrace--make them one vast metropolis as it were, producing incalculable benefits in business, government movements, and popular results, and forming a bond of union which nothing could dissever. We do trust that Congress will pass [legislation] on this subject without any delay."
The dissever should create these components, reintegrating the applicable criteria that follow.
However, all the authors in [15, 16] investigate the optimal data transmission with the help of the known EH status which actually dissever the coupling relationship of data arrival and energy arrival.
Just as Quintilian offers as his first example of apostrophic address a reference to Tubero's sword as a means to attack an adversary ("What was that sword of yours doing, Tubero, in the field of Pharsalus?"), (36) Whitman's "Apostroph" offers a sword in the form of a verbal curse: "O a curse on him that would dissever this Union for any reason whatever!" (106).
To claim, as Grant does, that the spring 1934 split in the IRA "had little to do with ideology" (200), would have seemed absurd to those involved at the time; to suggest, as he also does, that one can neatly dissever the ideological from the practical and the contextual, would have appeared equally implausible.