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
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
Medical Definition of divide
: to separate into two or more parts <divide a nerve surgically>
: to undergo replication, multiplication, fission, or separation into parts <actively dividing cells>
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