(noun, adjective, verb)


1. independent; not united or joint

- a problem consisting of two separate issues

- they went their separate ways

- formed a separate church

Similar word(s): individual, single, independent, segregated, unintegrated, other, apart, asunder, detached, isolated, separated, discrete, distinct, disjoint, disjunct, isolable, unaccompanied, unshared, divided

2. standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything

- a house with a separate garage

Similar word(s): detached, freestanding

3. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion

- separate but equal

- girls and boys in separate classes

Similar word(s): segregated, unintegrated

4. have the connection undone; having become separate

Similar word(s): unconnected, disjoined

Sentences with separate as an adjective:

- This chair can be disassembled into five separate pieces.

- I try to keep my personal life separate from work.


1. a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication

Similar word(s): offprint, reprint

Definition categories: communication, article

2. a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments

Definition categories: man–made, garment


1. act as a barrier between; stand between

Similar word(s): divide

Definition categories: stative

2. force, take, or pull apart

- He separated the fighting children

Similar word(s): disunite, divide, part

Definition categories: contact, displace, move

3. mark as different

Similar word(s): differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, severalise, severalize, tell

Definition categories: cognition, identify, place

4. separate into parts or portions

Similar word(s): dissever, divide, split

Definition categories: social

5. divide into components or constituents

- Separate the wheat from the chaff

Definition categories: contact

6. arrange or order by classes or categories

Similar word(s): assort, class, classify, sort

Definition categories: cognition, categorise, categorize

7. make a division or separation

Similar word(s): divide

Definition categories: motion

8. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways

- The couple separated after 25 years of marriage

Similar word(s): break, part, split

Definition categories: social

9. go one's own way; move apart

- The friends separated after the party

Similar word(s): part, split

Definition categories: motion, move

10. become separated into pieces or fragments

Similar word(s): break

Definition categories: change

11. treat differently on the basis of sex or race

Similar word(s): discriminate

Definition categories: social, differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell

12. come apart

- The two pieces that we had glued separated

Similar word(s): divide, part

Definition categories: contact, change

13. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

Similar word(s): branch, fork, furcate, ramify

Definition categories: change, diverge

Sentences with separate as a verb:

- Separate the articles from the headings.

- If the kids get too noisy, separate them for a few minutes.

- The sauce will separate if you don't keep stirring.