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 ways
a) if people go their separate ways, they stop being friends or lovers
b) 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 2
sep|a|rate2 W2S2 [ˈsepəreıt] v
1¦(be between)¦
3¦(stop living together)¦
4¦(recognize difference)¦
5¦(move apart)¦
6¦(make somebody/something different)¦
8 separate the men from the boys
9 separate the sheep from the goats
Phrasal verbs
 separate 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 other
separate 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) .
if two people who are married or have been living together separate, they start to live apart
Jill and John separated a year ago.
to recognize that one thing or idea is different from another
separate 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.
to be the quality or fact that makes someone or something different from other people or things
separate 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]informal
to show clearly which people are brave, strong, or skilled, and which are not
9.) separate the sheep from the goats
BrE also separate the wheat from the chaff
to separate the good things from the bad things
separate out [separate sb/sth<=>out] phr v
1.) 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 group
separate 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.

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