v. dis·sev·ered, dis·sev·er·ing, dis·sev·ers
1. To separate; sever.
2. To divide into parts; break up.
To become separated or disunited.
[Middle English disseveren, from Old French dessevrer, from Late Latin dissēparāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin sēparāre, to separate; see SEPARATE.]
dis·sever·ance, dis·sever·ment n.
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