verb \də-ˈvīd\

: 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

transitive verb
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>
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>
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
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>
intransitive verb
:  to perform mathematical division
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
di·vid·able \-ˈvī-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of DIVIDE

  1. She divided the pie into eight pieces.
  2. The equator divides the Earth into two hemispheres.
  3. The river divides after the bridge.
  4. 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



: 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

Full Definition of DIVIDE

:  an act of dividing
a :  a dividing ridge between drainage areas
b :  a point or line of division or disagreement

First Known Use of DIVIDE



verb \də-ˈvīd\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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