verb \ˈrīv\

: to divide or split (something) especially in a forceful or violent way

rived \ˈrīvd\ riv·en \ˈri-vən\ also rivedriv·ing \ˈrī-viŋ\

Full Definition of RIVE

transitive verb
a :  to wrench open or tear apart or to pieces :  rend
b :  to split with force or violence
a :  to divide into pieces <nations riven by civil war>
b :  fracture
intransitive verb
:  to become split :  crack

Examples of RIVE

  1. <road pavement that had been riven by the annual freeze-and-thaw cycle>
  2. <the bitter disappointment threatened to rive my heart in two>

Origin of RIVE

Middle English, from Old Norse rīfa; akin to Greek ereipein to tear down
First Known Use: 14th century


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