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Meaning of sever

sev•er

Pronunciation: (sev'ur), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to separate (a part) from the whole, as by cutting or the like.
  2. to divide into parts, esp. forcibly; cleave.
  3. to break off or dissolve (ties, relations, etc.).
  4. to divide into parts; disunite (an estate, titles of a statute, etc.).
  5. to distinguish; discriminate between.
—v.i.
  1. to become separated from each other; become divided into parts.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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