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"separation" in British English

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separationnoun

uk   /ˌsep.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/  us   /-əˈreɪ-/
B2 [U or S] a ​situation in which two or more ​people or things are ​separated: During the ​war many ​couples had to ​endurelongperiods of separation (= not being together). After many ​years the ​SouthAfricangovernmentfinallyabandoneditsapartheidsystem of ​racial separation.B2 [C or U] an ​arrangement, often ​legal, by which two ​marriedpeoplestopliving together as a ​couple: Couples may ​agree to ​divorce each other after a separation. They're ​considering separation as an ​option.

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(Definition of separation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"separation" in American English

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separationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌsep·əˈreɪ·ʃən/
the ​act of separating two or more ​people or things, or the ​state of being separated: [U] The ​laws now ​require the separation of ​garbage that can be ​recycled, such as ​newspapers and ​glassbottles. A separation is an ​arrangement, often a ​legal one, by which two ​marriedpeoplestopliving together as ​husband and ​wife.
(Definition of separation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"separation" in Business English

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separationnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˌsepərˈeɪʃən/ HR
the ​act of ​leaving your ​job: Employees were ​offeredvoluntary separation ​packages.
(Definition of separation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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