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1cleave

verb \ˈklēv\
cleaved \ˈklēvd\ or clove \ˈklōv\ also clave \ˈklāv\ cleavedcleav·ing

Definition of CLEAVE

intransitive verb
:  to adhere firmly and closely or loyally and unwaveringly

Origin of CLEAVE

Middle English clevien, from Old English clifian; akin to Old High German kleben to stick
First Known Use: before 12th century

2cleave

verb
cleaved \ˈklēvd\ also cleft \ˈkleft\ or clove \ˈklōv\ cleaved also cleft or clo·ven \ˈklō-vən\ cleav·ing

Definition of CLEAVE

transitive verb
1
:  to divide by or as if by a cutting blow :  split
2
:  to separate into distinct parts and especially into groups having divergent views
3
:  to subject to chemical cleavage <a protein cleaved by an enzyme>
intransitive verb
1
:  to split especially along the grain
2
:  to penetrate or pass through something by or as if by cutting

Origin of CLEAVE

Middle English cleven, from Old English clēofan; akin to Old Norse kljūfa to split, Latin glubere to peel, Greek glyphein to carve
First Known Use: before 12th century

cleave

transitive verb \ˈklēv\   (Medical Dictionary)
cleavedcleav·ing

Medical Definition of CLEAVE

:  to subject to chemical cleavage <a protein cleaved by an enzyme>

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