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separation

noun 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 endure long periods of separation (= not being together). After many years the government finally abandoned its apartheid system of racial separation. 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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