Meaning of “sever” in the English Dictionary

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"sever" in British English

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seververb [ T ]

uk /ˈsev.ər/ us /ˈsev.ɚ/

to break or separate, especially by cutting:

The knife severed an artery and he bled to death.
Her foot was severed from her leg in a car accident.
Electricity cables have been severed by the storm.

to end a connection with someone or something:

The US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961.

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

"sever" in American English

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seververb [ T ]

us /ˈsev·ər/

to separate or break something, esp. by cutting:

He severed a finger in the accident.
An explosion severed the plane’s hydraulic systems.
The US severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961.

(Definition of “sever” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sever" in Business English

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seververb [ T ]

uk /ˈsevər/ us

to end a connection with someone or something:

sever ties/links/relations with sb/sth
The decision to sever the contract appeared to be mutual.

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