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severance

noun

  1. (separation)  a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
    Synonyms: breach, break, falling out, falling-out, rift, rupture. Type of: separation
  2. (cutting)  the act of severing
    Synonyms: severing. Type of: cutting

Etymology summary

Anglo-French, from Old French sevrance, from sevrer. Meaning "discharge from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

severance

the act of severing or state of being severed | a separation | [law] the division into separate parts of a joint estate, contract, etc (23 of 372 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Severance [disambiguation]

may refer to: Severance (album), the 2003 album of Australian melodic death metal band Daysend | Severance (film), the 2006 British horror film | "Severance", a song by Dead Can Dance from the 1988 album The Serpent's Egg | Severance: Blade of... (39 of 283 words, 25 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

severance

the action of ending a connection or relationship | the state of being separated or cut off. | dismissal or discharge from employment | short for ... (23 of 90 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/severance

Cambridge Dictionary:

severance

money paid by an employer to an employee whose job the employer has had to bring to an end | [formal] the act of ending a connection, relationship, ... (27 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

severance [uncountable]

[formal] the process of ending something such as a friendship or a relationship | a situation in which money is paid to a worker who is forced to ... (27 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/severance

Random House Dictionary:

severance | severance pay [sense-specific]

the act of severing or the state of being severed. | a breaking off, as of a friendship. | [law] a division into parts, as of liabilities or ... (26 of 46 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/severance

Merriam-Webster:

severance

the act or process of severing; the state of being severed (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/severance

Wiktionary:

severance | severances [plural] | severaunce [sense-specific] | separation [synonym, sense-specific] | severance payment [synonym, sense-specific] | severance pay [synonym, sense-specific]

The act of severing or the state of being severed. | A separation. | A severance payment. (15 of 24 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/severance

American Heritage Dictionary:

severance

The act or process of severing. | The condition of being severed. | Separation; partition. | Severance pay. (15 of 19 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

severance

a severing or being severed (5 of 16 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

severance | severances [plural]

an act of severing, or the state of being severed | loss of employment because of lack of available work. | Same as severance pay | the act or process ... (27 of 70 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861723027​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

severance

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Anglo-French, from Old French sevrance, from sevrer. Meaning "discharge from employment contract" is attested from 1941. Severance ... (20 of 24 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

severance

Origin: late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin separare (see "sever")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/severance

New World Dictionary:

severance

Origin: Middle English from Anglo-French from Old French sevrance

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

severance

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "severance"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/severance

Cambridge Dictionary:

severance

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "severance"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "severance"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/severance

Macmillan American Dictionary:

severance [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "severance"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/severance

Macmillan British Dictionary:

severance [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "severance"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/severance

the Free Dictionary:

severance

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "severance"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "severance"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "severance" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/severance

Google Dictionary:

severance | severances [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "severance"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

severance

Audio: North American pronunciation of "severance"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=severa​07 word=severance

YourDictionary Audio:

severance

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "severance" by speech synthesizer

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