- (America) IPA: /ˈsɛv.ɚ/
sever (severs, present participle severing; past and past participle severed)
- (transitive) To cut free.
- After he graduated, he severed all links to his family.
- to sever the head from the body
- (intransitive) To suffer disjunction; to be parted or separated.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 4, scene 5]:
- No more can I be seuered from your side
- (intransitive) To make a separation or distinction; to distinguish.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Exodus 9:4 ↗:
- The Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt.
- 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 17, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (
please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
- (legal) To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate.
- to sever an estate in joint tenancy
- French: rompre, trancher, sectionner
- German: abtrennen, durchtrennen, abbrechen, trennen
- Italian: recidere, troncare, tagliare
- Portuguese: cortar
- Russian: отреза́ть
- Spanish: cortar, tallar (dated)), tajar, truncar, separar