separate

verb

  • General legal English
  • Family Law

Definitions of separate

  • to divide something into different parts or groups, or to make something divide into different parts or groups

    They had opposed the decision to separate paramilitary prisoners.

  • for a husband and wife or two people in a civil partnership decide to stop living together, especially when there are problems in the relationship

    There are so many things to think about when you separate from your spouse (=husband or wife).

Phrase Bank for separate

  • During a time of rapid change it is difficult always to separate the two.

  • This ideology stresses the importance of separating legislative, executive and judicial functions to prevent the concentration of power and therefore its abuse.

  • These two cultures were widely separated geographically.

  • No attempt will be made to separate out what accounting methods might do for pre-investment as distinct from post-investment.