1. To disunite; to divide; to disconnect; to sever; to part in any manner. From the fine gold I separate the alloy. (Dryden) Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me. (gen. Xiii. 9) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (Rom. Viii. 35)
2. To come between; to keep apart by occupying the space between; to lie between; as, the Mediterranean sea separates Europe and Africa.
3. To set apart; to select from among others, as for a special use or service. Separate me Barnabas and saul for the work whereunto I have called thaem. (acts xiii.
(Science: botany) 2) Separated flowers, flowers which have stamens and pistils in separate flowers; diclinous flowers.
Origin: L. Separatus, p. P. Of separare to separate; pfref. Se- aside _ parare to make ready, prepare. See Parade, and cf. Sever.