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dissever v : separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I" [syn: divide, split, split up, separate, carve up] [ant: unite]

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Middle English disseveren or dessevren. From Old French dissevrer, Latin dis + sêparâre.


  1. To cut off, free and remove.
    I dissevered a length of rope.
    The abdication of Romulus Augustulus dissevered the defunct Roman from the Byzantine empire.
  2. To divide.
    If the bridge is destroyed, the shores are dissevered.
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