Simple Definition of divide
: to separate (something) into two or more parts or pieces
: to separate (something) into classes or categories
: to give (something) out in usually equal amounts
Full Definition of divide
1 a : to separate into two or more parts, areas, or groups <divide the city into wards> b : to separate into classes, categories, or divisions <divide history into epochs> c : cleave, part <a ship dividing the waves>
2 a : to separate into portions and give out in shares : distribute <divide profits> b : to possess, enjoy, or make use of in common <divide the blame> c : apportion <divides her time between the office and home>
3 a : to cause to be separate, distinct, or apart from one another <fields divided by stone walls> b : to separate into opposing sides or parties <the issues that divide us> c : to cause (a parliamentary body) to vote by division
4 a : to subject (a number or quantity) to the operation of finding how many times it contains another number or quantity <divide 42 by 14> b : to be used as a divisor with respect to (a dividend) <4 divides 16 evenly> c : to use as a divisor —used with into <divide 14 into 42>
1 : to perform mathematical division
2 a (1) : to undergo replication, multiplication, fission, or separation into parts (2) : to branch out b : to become separated or disunited especially in opinion or interest
Examples of divide in a sentence
She divided the pie into eight pieces.
The equator divides the Earth into two hemispheres.
The river divides after the bridge.
A tall fence divides the two yards.
Origin of divide
Middle English, from Latin dividere, from dis- + -videre to separate — more at widow
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of divide
distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole out mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts <distributed food to the needy>. dispense suggests the giving of a carefully weighed or measured portion to each of a group according to due or need <dispensed wisdom to the students>. divide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal <three charitable groups divided the proceeds>. deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece <deal out equipment and supplies>. dole out implies a carefully measured portion of something that is often in short supply <doled out what little food there was>.
Simple Definition of divide
: a line of hills or mountains from which rivers drain : a ridge between two rivers
: a separation of people into two or more groups that is caused by different opinions or beliefs or by a disagreement
First Known Use of divide
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Definition of divide for Students
1 : to separate into two or more parts or pieces <She divided the pie into eight pieces.>
2 : to give out in shares <I divided the money between us.>
3 : to be or make different in opinion or interest <The country was divided over the issue.>
4 : to subject to or perform mathematical division <Divide 10 by 2.>
5 : to branch off : fork <The road divides here.>
Medical Definition of divide
transitive verb: to separate into two or more parts <divide a nerve surgically>
intransitive verb: to undergo replication, multiplication, fission, or separation into parts <actively dividing cells>
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