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English Dictionary: dissever by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dissever
v
  1. separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"
    Synonym(s): divide, split, split up, separate, dissever, carve up
    Antonym(s): unify, unite
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dissever \Dis*sev"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissevered}; p. pr.
      & vb. n. {Dissevering}.] [OE. dessevrer; pref. des- (L. dis-)
      + sevrer to sever, F. sevrer to wean, L. separate to
      separate. In this word the prefix is intensive. See {Dis-},
      and {Sever}.]
      To part in two; to sever thoroughly; to sunder; to disunite;
      to separate; to disperse.
  
               The storm so dissevered the company . . . that most of
               therm never met again.                           --Sir P.
                                                                              Sidney.
  
               States disserved, discordant, belligerent. --D.
                                                                              Webster.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dissever \Dis*sev"er\, v. i.
      To part; to separate. --Chaucer.
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