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sever (verb) cut something into two pieces; ending a relationship.
When the head is severed from the rest of the body, the body is cut into two pieces. When the hand is severed from the arm, hand is cut off from the arm, or is separated from the arm. The relations between two persons are severed they are separated and have no connections with each other. The relations between two countries are severed, if they are no longer friendly.
- Martin's leg was severed from the rest of body in the accident. The leg was totally cut off from the rest of body and lay on the road as a separate piece.
- The relations between the wife and the husband are severed. They are divorced and no longer live as wife and husband.