General English

General Science

  • adjective distinct and not related
  • verb to move or keep something apart
  • verb to distinguish one thing from another
  • verb to divide or split something into its parts


  • verb to set or keep apart


  • verb to take one part of a substance away from the whole, e.g. to take the yolk from a whole egg or cream from whole milk


  • adjective not touching, together or in the same place
  • verb to move two or more people or things apart


  • noun a single article from a journal which is reprinted separately

Origin & History of “separate”

Etymologically, separate means ‘arrange apart’. It comes from the past participle of Latin sēparāre, a compound verb formed from the prefix - ‘apart’ and parāre ‘arrange (in advance), furnish, make ready’ (source also of English prepare). Sever is essentially the same word as separate, in reduced form.