: separated by different opinions : in a state of disagreement

: given to two or more people or things rather than to just one person or thing

Full Definition of DIVIDED

a :  separated into parts or pieces
b of a leaf :  cut into distinct parts by incisions extending to the base or to the midrib
c :  having a barrier (as a guardrail) to separate lanes of traffic going in opposite directions <a divided highway>
a :  disagreeing with each other :  disunited
b :  directed or moved toward conflicting interests, states, or objects <divided loyalties>
:  separated by distance <familiar objects from which she had never dreamed of being divided — James Joyce>
di·vid·ed·ly \də-ˈvī-dəd-lē\ adverb
di·vid·ed·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of DIVIDED

  1. Experts are sharply divided on the issue.
  2. The issue has created a deeply divided nation.
  3. She feels like she only gets her mother's divided attention.

First Known Use of DIVIDED

14th century

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