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verb \ˈrīv\

Simple Definition of rive

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rive

rived play \ˈrīvd\ riven play \ˈri-vən\ also rivedriving play \ˈrī-viŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to wrench open or tear apart or to pieces :  rend b :  to split with force or violence

  3. 2 a :  to divide into pieces <nations riven by civil war> b :  fracture

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become split :  crack

Examples of rive in a sentence

  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

Synonym Discussion of rive

tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive mean to separate forcibly. tear implies pulling apart by force and leaving jagged edges <tear up the letter>. rip implies a pulling apart in one rapid uninterrupted motion often along a line or joint <ripped the shirt on a nail>. rend implies very violent or ruthless severing or sundering <an angry mob rent the prisoner's clothes>. split implies a cutting or breaking apart in a continuous, straight, and usually lengthwise direction or in the direction of grain or layers <split logs for firewood>. cleave implies very forceful splitting or cutting with a blow <a bolt of lightning cleaved the giant oak>. rive occurs most often in figurative use <a political party riven by conflict>.

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