Meaning of “separation” in the English Dictionary

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"separation" in British English

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separationnoun

uk /ˌsep.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌsep.əˈreɪ.ʃən/

B2 [ U or S ] a situation in which two or more people or things are separated:

During the war many couples had to endure long periods of separation (= not being together).

B2 [ C or U ] an arrangement, often legal, by which two married people stop living 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 glass bottles.

A separation is an arrangement, often a legal one, by which two married people stop living 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 /ˌsepərˈeɪʃən/ us HR

the act of leaving your job:

Employees were offered voluntary separation packages.

(Definition of “separation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)