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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:
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As with the Spanish mystics of the time of Saint John of the Cross, each sensual image is dissevered from its matrix and developed separately.
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