Pronunciation: (sev'ur), [key]
1. to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like.
2. to divide into parts, esp. forcibly; cleave.
3. to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.).
4. Law.to divide into parts; disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.).
5. to distinguish; discriminate between.
to become separated from each other; become divided into parts.
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