Definition of sever in English:

sever

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly.

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

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severer, from Latin separare ‘disjoin, divide’.

Pronunciation

sever

/ˈsɛvə/