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separating Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb act as a barrier between; stand between
    divide; separate.
    • The mountain range divides the two countries
  2. verb force, take, or pull apart
    part; disunite; divide; separate.
    • He separated the fighting children
    • Moses parted the Red Sea
  3. verb mark as different
    secernate; severalise; separate; severalize; tell apart; differentiate; distinguish; tell; secern.
    • We distinguish several kinds of maple
  4. verb separate into parts or portions
    divide; separate; split up; split; carve up; dissever.
    • divide the cake into three equal parts
    • The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I
  5. verb divide into components or constituents
    • Separate the wheat from the chaff
  6. verb arrange or order by classes or categories
    sort; separate; assort; sort out; class; classify.
    • How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?
  7. verb make a division or separation
    divide; separate.
  8. verb discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
    break; break up; separate; split up; part; split.
    • The business partners broke over a tax question
    • The couple separated after 25 years of marriage
    • My friend and I split up
  9. verb go one's own way; move apart
    part; split; separate.
    • The friends separated after the party
  10. verb become separated into pieces or fragments
    break; split up; fall apart; come apart; separate.
    • The figurine broke
    • The freshly baked loaf fell apart
  11. verb treat differently on the basis of sex or race
    single out; discriminate; separate.
  12. verb come apart
    part; divide; separate.
    • The two pieces that we had glued separated
  13. verb divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
    ramify; fork; furcate; branch; separate.
    • The road forks

Sep"a*ra`ting adjective
  1. Designed or employed to separate.

Webster 1913