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separate

adjective uk   /ˈsep.ər.ət/ us    /-ɚ-/
B1 existing or happening independently or in a different physical space: The art department and the main college are in two separate buildings. I try to keep meat separate from other food in the fridge. I have my public life and my private life, and as far as possible I try to keep them separate. Three youths have been shot and killed in separate incidents this month.

separate

verb uk   /ˈsep.ər.eɪt/ us    /-ə.reɪt/

separate verb (DIVIDE)

B2 [I or T] to (cause to) divide into parts: The north and south of the country are separated by a mountain range. You can get a special device for separating egg whites from yolks. The top and bottom sections are quite difficult to separate.

separate verb (MOVE APART)

B2 [I or T] to make people move apart or into different places, or to move apart: At school they always tried to separate Jane and me because we were troublemakers. Somehow, in the rush to get out of the building, I got separated from my mother. Perhaps we should separate now and meet up later.

separate verb (CONSIDER AS DIFFERENT)

[T] to consider two people or things as different or not related: You can't separate morality from politics.

separate verb (LIQUID)

[I] If a liquid separates, it becomes two different liquids.

separate verb (RELATIONSHIP)

B2 [I] to start to live in a different place from your husband or wife because the relationship has ended: My parents separated when I was six and divorced a couple of years later.
(Definition of separate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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