- 1separate (from something/somebody) forming a unit by itself; not joined to something else separate bedrooms Raw meat must be kept separate from cooked meat. The school is housed in two separate buildings. Write a list of names on a separate piece of paper.
- 2[usually before noun] different; not connected It happened on three separate occasions. For the past three years they have been leading totally separate lives.
- Japan's long-standing sense of separateness and uniqueness Word Familyseparate adjectiveseparately adverbseparable adjective (≠inseparable)separate verbseparated adjectiveseparation nounIdioms
- 1to end a relationship with someone When the business was sold they went their separate ways.
- 2to go in a different direction from someone you have been traveling with
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separateness noun [uncountable, singular]jump to other results
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in a separate envelope The information you requested is being forwarded to you under separate cover.
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