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Definition of sever:

  1. To cut or break open or apart; to divide into parts; to cut through; to disjoin; as, to sever the arm or leg.
  2. To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate; as, to sever an estate in joint tenancy.
  3. To keep distinct or apart; to except; to exempt.
  4. To make a separation or distinction; to distinguish.
  5. To separate, as one from another; to cut off from something; to divide; to part in any way, especially by violence, as by cutting, rending, etc.; as, to sever the head from the body.
  6. To suffer disjunction; to be parted, or rent asunder; to be separated; to part; to separate.

Synonyms:

cut off, take apart, dissipate, scatter, disperse, break up, crush, dismember, crack up, study at separate, shiver, burst, collapse, crack, transgress, fragmentise, prune, crash, discerp, dispel, dissolve, carve, clip, pick, recess, decompose, split up, rive, snip, crop, adjourn, calve, shatter, fracture, trim, resolve, smash, destroy, assemble, crock up, cashier, break apart, demolish, disrupt, dress, interrupt, fragmentize, lop, break down, cut back, dissever, bankrupt.

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