Definition of sever in English:



  • 1 Divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly.

    ‘the head was severed from the body’
    ‘severed limbs’
    • ‘Legend tells us that after her head was finally severed from her body, Mary's lips continued to move in prayer.’
    • ‘I angle the knife and sever the line.’
    • ‘He was doing something much less drastic than severing a digit or limb, but still painful.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a bullet severs the phone cord as he picks it up.’
    • ‘She executed a perfect sweep across the creature's arm, severing the limb from its shoulder.’
    • ‘He would float about the world without rest, for his head had been severed from his body.’
    • ‘Risa came to his aid however, severing the limb before cutting into the monster's metallic hide.’
    • ‘The cannon rounds tore into two of the vehicle structures, severing the tops of their metal bodies.’
    • ‘The head is then severed from the animal whereafter it is handed to the father of the owner.’
    • ‘He managed to cut into the hand, but not far enough to sever the limb.’
    • ‘But most also fell back on the grim reminder that for the first three days after a catastrophe that severs communication lines and evacuation routes, residents should expect to be on their own.’
    • ‘The tail of the plane was found severed from the fuselage after the crash.’
    • ‘As he passed the demon he sliced at its left arm, severing it midway between the elbow and the shoulder.’
    • ‘Another sword spun towards the demon that sliced right through the creature's neck, severing the head from the body in one cut.’
    • ‘Metal Powder Cutting is an oxygen-cutting process which severs metals through the use of powder, such as iron, to facilitate cutting.’
    • ‘When the bullet goes through the temple in a certain way, it just severs the optic nerve.’
    • ‘If a car accident severs his spinal cord at the neck, should you tell the doctors not to give him food or water?’
    • ‘I'm not sure how it happened and what caused the branch to be severed from the tree there.’
    • ‘The first of the threads snaps as my claw slices through it, severing it.’
    • ‘The layer should be well rooted and ready to be severed from the parent plant by the following autumn.’
    cut, cut through, rupture, split, pierce, rip, tear
    cut off, chop off, lop off, hack off, cleave, hew off, shear off, slice off, split
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    1. 1.1Put an end to (a connection or relationship); break off.
      ‘the notice itself may be sufficient to sever the joint tenancy’
      • ‘Yesterday it said it intends to sever the relationship but maintained it was part of a wider review.’
      • ‘After an impassioned and joyous love affair, she severed their relationship in the late 1880s.’
      • ‘I would effectively be severing my connection with them too.’
      • ‘His decision to sever his links with the business will cause shock waves in financial circles.’
      • ‘Are any of them going to risk losing corporate campaign contributions by severing government programs that benefit big business?’
      • ‘They preferred to get killed because they did not want to be severed from their roots.’
      • ‘Women are ordered to leave their homes and to sever contact with their mates.’
      • ‘It is more than a gesture of solidarity with a people who have been severed from their roots.’
      • ‘The termination of a work contract severs links with friends, without gaining automatic acceptance by an alternative peer group.’
      • ‘The public is demanding that the political world sever its dirty connections with business without fail.’
      • ‘But now, it seems, she is ready to sever her material links with her home town.’
      • ‘She said a fond farewell to parents and children at the school's sports day on Friday, but she will not be severing her connection with the nursery entirely.’
      • ‘After an unhappy childhood, Catherine severed all contact with her mother.’
      • ‘Now, that, one would think, is sufficient to sever the relationship.’
      • ‘We're going to need all of the other countries and we ought not to be severing any relationships with them.’
      • ‘Even if he faced a divorce from his wife, he didn't have to sever his relationship with his children.’
      • ‘Divorce often strains and sometimes even completely severs the child's relationship with at least one parent, often the father.’
      • ‘The new franchise has not completely severed its links with that legacy.’
      • ‘It was high school which severed our connection, for what would become years.’
      • ‘By that, I mean I shall sever all connections with this person.’
      break off, discontinue, suspend
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severer, from Latin separare disjoin, divide.