Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English Related forms
(noun and adj.) < Latin sēparātus
(past participle of sēparāre
), equivalent to sē- se-
) to furnish, produce, obtain, prepare
+ -ātus -ate1
pre·sep·a·rate, verb (used with object), pre·sep·a·rat·ed, pre·sep·a·rat·ing.
re·sep·a·rate, verb, re·sep·a·rat·ed, re·sep·a·rat·ing.
1, 2. sever, sunder, split. Separate, divide imply a putting apart or keeping apart of things from each other. To separate is to remove from each other things previously associated: to separate a mother from her children. To divide is to split or break up carefully according to measurement, rule, or plan: to divide a cake into equal parts. 3. disjoin, disengage. 13. unattached, severed, discrete. 15. secluded, isolated. 16. independent.
1–3. unite, connect.