bi·​fur·​cat·​ed | \ ˈbī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce bifurcated (audio) , bī-ˈfər- \

Definition of bifurcated

: divided into two branches or parts This near-earth asteroid appears as a bifurcated structure, consisting of two distinct lobes that seem to be in contact.— Richard P. Binzel et al. The town is a bifurcated community—two distinct communities in one, really.— Dennis Farney … the strange bifurcated world of whiteness and blackness in which I was born and reared.— William Styron

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Recent Examples on the Web The bifurcated structure of this year’s ceremony was a compromise between CBS, the League, and the American Theatre Wing, which also co-presents the awards. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Those were a result of Hartford’s unique, bifurcated tax structure, which has for decades assessed single-family homes at a much lower rate than commercial and apartment buildings. Rebecca Lurye,, 24 May 2021 Eradication was ultimately as dependent on that wide network as much as the bifurcated needle or any other technological advance. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 The 1994 film tells two distinct, bifurcated stories about lonely and heartbroken cops, with a playfulness and energy that grabs and holds your attention. Tyler Aquilina,, 20 Mar. 2021 They were declared divorced in 2019 after their lawyers asked for a bifurcated judgment, meaning that two married people can be declared single while other issues, including finances and child custody, remain. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2021 The very businesses and services that sustain coziness further entrench us in a bifurcated economy fueled by data surveillance and cheap, precarious labor. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 The bifurcated economy that took shape in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic destroyed the lives, savings and small businesses of innumerable Americans, but the year wasn’t a financial washout for everyone. NBC News, 30 Dec. 2020 This gets at a bifurcated and strange element of Democratic messaging around Republican turpitude. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 18 Dec. 2020

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Bifurcated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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