Root Word Se: To keep something apart

Have you ever had a secret that you want to keep away from someone? Or severed something from something else? Or even selected something? Then you have used words that stem from the root word se, meaning to keep something apart.

Root words are extremely important to know about when studying a language because they can help you to understand many words at one time, and think critically about what these words truly mean. If you’re learning a new language and know some Greek or Latin root words, you may be able to figure out (guess the context) the meaning of the word, even if you’ve never seen it before, because you can identify its root.

This week, we’re focusing on the root word se which means “apart”. Below we’ve listed some words that share this root word, along with definitions from Merriam-Webster, and examples to help you along your way.

For more on root words, check out our blogs on the root word err and the root word ject.

Words Using the Root Word Se

Security: (n) freedom from danger, freedom from fear or anxiety

  • For example: In order to keep the jewels safe, they were stored under heavy security.

Seclusion: (n) closed away or isolated from others

  • For example: Monks traditionally enjoy seclusion, in order to focus on prayer or meditation.

Secede: (v) to withdraw from an organization

  • For example: During the Civil War, West Virginia seceded from Virginia to join the North.

Segregate: (v) to separate or set apart from others or from the general mass

  • For example: Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to end segregation in the South.

Secret: (adj) something kept hidden or unexplained

  • For example: I’m going to propose to Mary on Saturday, but please don’t tell her. It’s a secret!

Seduce: (v) to lead astray, usually by persuasion or false promises

  • For example: In the Star Wars movies, Darth Vader was seduced by the powers of the Dark Side.

Sever: (v) to put or keep apart, divide, or to remove something as if by cutting

  • For example: I had to sever ties with him because I didn’t like how my personality changed when I was around him.

Separate: (v) to set or keep apart, or to keep a distinction between two or more things

  • For example: We needed to separate the children in class because they kept talking.

Secretion: (n) the production of a liquid by part of a plant or animal

  • For example: The secretions of this plant can irritate the skin, so be careful!

Select: (v) to choose from a number or group, to pick out

  • For example: She was selected to be principal from among many different candidates.

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Erin Duffin lives in Hamburg, is an English teacher, blogger, yoga instructor, and is a very good secret keeper- don’t worry, you can select her without worry! Trust me! 

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