V n from n

The 'separate' group

These verbs are concerned with separating someone or something from something, either physically or metaphorically.
Unfortunately, he appears unable to filter information or to distinguish fantasy from reality.
It is far preferable to isolate young offenders from their own peer group and not put them in the company of 40 or 50 other persistent young offenders.
There was a belligerence about her that marked her out from the rest.
While it grieved Elaine to be separated from her son, she had agreed at least during the summer and holidays, to send him to her family.
An alternative method for smoking cessation is homeopathy, in which you are given capsules or pills with small quantities of nicotine to wean you from the habit.
In the case of detach, disengage, disentangle, dissociate, distance, shut off, and wean, the noun group following the verb is always or often a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl from n, or in the case of shut off, V pron-refl P from n.
It is hard for mothers and daughters to disentangle themselves from the emotional web that binds them.
It's obvious that you're not in a position to shut yourself off from what needs to be faced.
  • alienate
  • decouple
  • demerge
  • detach
  • differentiate
  • disassociate
  • disconnect
  • disengage
  • disentangle
  • dissociate
  • distance
  • distinguish
  • divide
  • divorce
  • isolate
  • part
  • separate
  • tell
  • wean
  • filter out
  • mark off
  • mark out
  • separate out
  • set apart
  • shut off
  • wall off (usu passive)
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