separate - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    not together, or not joined to something else

    My brother and I always had separate rooms.

    My parents have separate bank accounts.

    They’re not divorced but they lead completely separate lives (=do not do things together).

    separate from:

    Clientsfunds should be kept separate from the firm’s own money.

  2. 2
    different, or new

    Each apartment has its own separate entrance.

    Answer each question on a separate sheet of paper.

  3. 3
    not related

    Police have killed seven guerrillas in three separate incidents this week.

    That’s an entirely separate matter.

derived words



They arrived at the party separately.


noun [uncountable]