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adjective separate pronunciation in American English /ˈsepərət/
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  1. 1
    not together, or not joined to something else
    My parents have separate bank accounts.
    My brother and I always had separate rooms.
    They’re not divorced but they lead completely separate lives (=do not do things together).
    separate from: Clients’ funds should be kept separate from the firm’s own money.
  2. 2
    different, or new
    Answer each question on a separate sheet of paper.
    Each apartment has its own separate entrance.
  3. 3
    not related
    Police have killed seven guerrillas in three separate incidents this week.
    That’s an entirely separate matter.


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They arrived at the party separately.


noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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