To cut free.
- After he graduated, he severed all links to his family.
* Bible, Matthew xiii. 49
- to sever the head from the body
To suffer disjunction; to be parted or separated.
- The angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.
To make a separation or distinction; to distinguish.
- The Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt. — Ex. ix. 4.
(legal) To disunite; to disconnect; to terminate.
- They claimed the right of severing in their challenge. — Macaulay.
- to sever an estate in joint tenancy
* cut off