Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “severance”

severance

noun [U] uk   /ˈsev.ər.əns/ us    /-ɚ-/
money paid by an employer to an employee whose job the employer has had to bring to an end: The management have offered employees one week's severance (pay) for each six months they have worked at the company. a severance agreement/deal/package formal the act of ending a connection, relationship, etc. or of being separated from a person, place, etc.: The minister announced the severance of aid to the country. The hardest thing to cope with was the severance from his family.
(Definition of severance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of severance?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “severance” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

initial

of or at the beginning

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More