from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To separate; sever.
  • transitive v. To divide into parts; break up.
  • intransitive v. To become separated or disunited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To separate, split apart.
  • v. To divide into separate parts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To part; to separate.
  • transitive v. To part in two; to sever thoroughly; to sunder; to disunite; to separate; to disperse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dispart; divide asunder; separate; disunite by any means: as, the Reformation dissevered the Catholic Church.
  • To part; separate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. separate into parts or portions


Middle English disseveren, from Old French dessevrer, from Late Latin dissēparāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin sēparāre, to separate; see separate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman desevrer, Old French dessevrer, from Latin dissēperō, from dis- + sēparō. (Wiktionary)



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