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English definition of “separation”

separation

noun     /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.Separateness and isolation in spaceAlone 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.Court cases, orders and decisionsEnding relationships and divorce
(Definition of separation noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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