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Is there a synonym for "put them apart from each other" when referring to people?

Here's an example:

My child is sitting next to a troublemaker in the class. I want to tell his teacher to put them apart from each other.

What is the most suitable word for such a scenario?

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  • Move them apart? That's the simplest way I can think of, I don't know whether there's a shorter way.
    – user224380
    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:30
  • Separate them.
    – Dan Bron
    Mar 12, 2017 at 17:50

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I'd go for separate:

to set or keep apart

source: Merriam-Webster

It can be used for both objects and people. Your example would become:

My child is sitting next to a troublemaker in the class. I want to tell his teacher to separate them.

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  • I have to say, separate was floating inside my head all the time, but I thought there would a better word for such. Thanks for confirming it. EDIT: Just for the sake of clarity; I upvoted you but seems "newbies" have their voting hidden from the public eyes ;)
    – Eekan
    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:50
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    Do note that it's separate - this is one of the most commonly misspelled words in English.
    – Glorfindel
    Mar 9, 2017 at 9:52

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