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Definition of separation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the act of separating people or things; the state of being separate separation (from somebody/something) the state's eventual separation from the federation separation (between A and B) the need for a clear separation between Church and State
  2. 2[countable] a period of time that people spend apart from each other They were reunited after a separation of more than 20 years. Prolonged separations of this kind are damaging to very young children.
  3. 3[countable] a decision that a husband and wife make to live apart while they are still legally married a legal separation Sixty percent of all marital separations occur before the tenth year of marriage. compare divorcé
  4. Word Familyseparate adjectiveseparately adverbseparable adjective (inseparable)separate verbseparated adjectiveseparation noun
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: separation