Definition of sever verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sever

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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 somebody synonym break off The two countries have severed all diplomatic links. She has severed all contact with her family.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severer, from Latin separare ‘separate, divide’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sever