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 reason for this bifurcated strategy is that the high amount (from the primary earner) will be collected for as long as either one of you is alive, while the low amount will be collected for a much shorter time. William Baldwin, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 The latter is given by taking a small amount of virus in liquid and poking it into the skin with a specialized bifurcated needle. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, 26 May 2022 But the judges appeared to bless the idea of separating them, pointing out that New York has a history of holding bifurcated primaries. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The city was supported by its own self-sustaining energies, and the subway in those decades had a bifurcated life. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2022 Yet even while relentlessly pursuing a fairer, safer America, White still lived a bifurcated life. Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 The result is a bifurcated international story, with only one part of the world condemning the Kremlin and its leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and much of the other side acting more like business as usual. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 At times, Biden’s bifurcated messaging—like the state of the economy itself—can seem like a jumble of contradictions. Chris Megerian, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2022 The bifurcated narrative only adds too many transitions that disrupt the series’ emotional throughline and sows confusion around characters that turn up episodes before they’re properly introduced. Judy Berman, Time, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bifurcated

1853, in the meaning defined above

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