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verb sever pronunciation in British English /ˈsevə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesevering
past tensesevered
past participlesevered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to cut through a part of something so that it is separated completely from the main part, or to be separated completely in this way
    He accidentally severed his finger with a saw.
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to end something such as a friendship or a connection completely and permanently
    The rebels have severed all contact with the government.


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