secede

To secede is to go your own way, breaking off ties. Usually, this refers to one part of a country that wants to become independent, like the South during the U.S. Civil War.

The Latin word secedere means “go apart” and that's where secede comes from. Don't confuse it with the much more common succeed. Your plan to secede from the state of New Jersey and found a kingdom named Rusty, after your dog, is not likely to succeed.

Definitions of secede
1

v withdraw from an organization or communion

Synonyms:
break away, splinter
Type of:
break, break up, part, separate, split, split up
discontinue an association or relation; go different ways

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