Definition of separate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈseprət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈseprət//
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  1. 1  separate (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. 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.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin separat- ‘disjoined, divided’, from the verb separare, from se- ‘apart’ + parare ‘prepare’.Word Familyseparate adjectiveseparately adverbseparable adjective (inseparable)separate verbseparated adjectiveseparation nounExtra examples The two groups are essentially separate and independent. The waste water is kept entirely separate from the rainwater. The women are kept separate from the men. They decided to go their separate ways after being together for five years. a lifestyle which is quite separate from that of her parents species from widely separate parts of the world to merge the two previously separate businesses They sleep in separate bedrooms.Idioms
    1. 1to end a relationship with somebody When the business was sold they went their separate ways.
    2. 2to go in a different direction from somebody you have been travelling with
    (business) in a separate envelope The information you requested is being forwarded to you under separate cover.
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