- sep|a|rate1 W2S2 [ˈsepərıt] adj [no comparative]1.) different▪ Use separate knives for raw and cooked meat.▪ My wife and I have separate bank accounts.2.) not related to or not affected by something else▪ That's a separate issue.▪ He was attacked on two separate occasions.separate from▪ He tries to keep his professional life completely separate from his private life.3.) not joined to or touching something else▪ The gym and the sauna are in separate buildings.separate from▪ Keep the fish separate from the other food.4.) go your separate waysa) if people go their separate ways, they stop being friends or loversb) if people who have been travelling together go their separate ways, they start travelling in different directions>separately adv▪ They did arrive together, but I think they left separately.separate 2sep|a|rate2 W2S2 [ˈsepəreıt] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(be between)¦2¦(divide)¦3¦(stop living together)¦4¦(recognize difference)¦5¦(move apart)¦6¦(make somebody/something different)¦7¦(better/older)¦8 separate the men from the boys9 separate the sheep from the goatsPhrasal verbsseparate somebody/something<=>out▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of separare, from se- 'apart' + parare 'to prepare, get']1.) ¦(BE BETWEEN)¦ [T]if something separates two places or two things, it is between them so that they are not touching each otherseparate sth from sth▪ The lighthouse is separated from the land by a wide channel.2.) ¦(DIVIDE)¦ [I and T]to divide or split into different parts, or to make something do this▪ This will keep your dressing from separating.separate from▪ At this point the satellite separates from its launcher.separate sth into sth▪ Separate the students into four groups.▪ First, separate the eggs (=divide the white part from the yellow part) .3.) ¦(STOP LIVING TOGETHER)¦if two people who are married or have been living together separate, they start to live apart▪ Jill and John separated a year ago.4.) ¦(RECOGNIZE DIFFERENCE)¦ [T]to recognize that one thing or idea is different from anotherseparate sth from sth▪ She finds it difficult to separate fact from fantasy.5.) ¦(MOVE APART)¦ [I and T]if people separate, or if someone or something separates them, they move apart▪ Ed stepped in to separate the two dogs.separate sb from sb/sth▪ In the fog, they got separated from the group.6.) ¦(MAKE SOMEBODY/SOMETHING DIFFERENT)¦ [T]to be the quality or fact that makes someone or something different from other people or thingsseparate sth from sth▪ The capacity to think separates humans from animals.7.) ¦(BETTER/OLDER)¦ [T]if an amount separates two things, one thing is better or older than the other by that amount▪ Three points now separate the two teams.▪ Forty years separate these two pictures of the hotel.8.) separate the men from the boys [i]informalto show clearly which people are brave, strong, or skilled, and which are not9.) separate the sheep from the goatsBrE also separate the wheat from the chaffto separate the good things from the bad thingsseparate out [separate sb/sth<=>out] phr v1.) to divide a group of people or things into smaller groups▪ We must separate out these different factors and examine each one.2.) to remove one type of thing or person from a groupseparate somebody/something<=>out from▪ Many older people may prefer not to be separated out from the rest of the adult population.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.