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Definition of sever verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sever
    he / she / it severs
    past simple severed
    -ing form severing
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  1. 1to cut something into two pieces; to cut something off something sever something to sever a rope a severed artery sever something from something His hand was severed from his arm.
  2. 2sever something to completely end a relationship or all communication with someone synonym break off The two countries have severed all diplomatic links. She has severed all contact with her family.
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