- 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.
- 2sever something to completely end a relationship or all communication with somebody synonym break off The two countries have severed all diplomatic links. She has severed all contact with her family. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severer, from Latin separare
BrE BrE//ˈsevə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsevər//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sever
BrE BrE//ˈsevə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsevər//he / she / it severs
BrE BrE//ˈsevəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsevərz//past simple severed
BrE BrE//ˈsevəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsevərd//past participle severed
BrE BrE//ˈsevəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsevərd//-ing form severing
BrE BrE//ˈsevərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsevərɪŋ//