divide

verb
di·​vide | \ də-ˈvīd How to pronounce divide (audio) \
divided; dividing

Definition of divide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : 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
4a : 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 intodivide 14 into 42

intransitive verb

1 : to perform mathematical division
2a(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

divide

noun

Definition of divide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of dividing
2a : a dividing ridge between drainage areas
b : a point or line of division or disagreement

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Other Words from divide

Verb

dividable \ də-​ˈvī-​də-​bəl How to pronounce dividable (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

separate, part, divide, sever, sunder, divorce mean to become or cause to become disunited or disjointed. separate may imply any of several causes such as dispersion, removal of one from others, or presence of an intervening thing. separated her personal life from her career part implies the separating of things or persons in close union or association. vowed never to part divide implies separating into pieces or sections by cutting or breaking. civil war divided the nation sever implies violence especially in the removal of a part or member. a severed limb sunder suggests violent rending or wrenching apart. a city sundered by racial conflict divorce implies separating two things that commonly interact and belong together. cannot divorce scientific research from moral responsibility

distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole out mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts. distributed food to the needy dispense suggests the giving of a carefully weighed or measured portion to each of a group according to due or need. dispensed wisdom to the students divide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal. three charitable groups divided the proceeds deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece. deal out equipment and supplies dole out implies a carefully measured portion of something that is often in short supply. doled out what little food there was

Examples of divide in a Sentence

Verb She divided the pie into eight pieces. The equator divides the Earth into two hemispheres. The river divides after the bridge. A tall fence divides the two yards.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The boys tournament consists of 24 teams divided into eight pools, then three brackets. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Classic basketball tournament begins Thursday," 3 Dec. 2019 Spanish police state that the narcosub was carrying a cargo of 6,613 pounds of cocaine divided into 152 bales. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Spain Captures First Known 'Narcosub' to Cross the Atlantic," 2 Dec. 2019 And Medicare for all doesn’t divide Democrats the way the wealth tax does. BostonGlobe.com, "Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax has wide support, except among one group - The Boston Globe," 1 Dec. 2019 Campbell and Dan Brewer, brothers from Louisville, are a kinship divided: Campbell is a Kentucky fan, like his father John, but Dan has always rooted for the Cardinals. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Dampened but not derailed: Governor’s Cup fans press on despite downpour," 30 Nov. 2019 However, some Legion Field-specific numbers on revenue and expenses are available; other revenues and expenses could not be divided by each Parks and Recreation facility. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Legion Field: Future unsure after century of history," 29 Nov. 2019 And Medicare for all doesn’t divide Democrats the way the wealth tax does. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Warren Wealth Tax Has Wide Support, Except Among One Group," 29 Nov. 2019 Others — just as intensely — did not, and that divide only strengthened his bond with those who embraced him. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "'Hawk is Hawk’: Ex-White Sox voice Ken Harrelson’s work speaks for itself in his bid for the Hall of Fame broadcasting honor," 27 Nov. 2019 In three consecutive elections before Stefanik ran, a Democrat won the historically Republican district, due in large part to the fact that moderate Republicans and conservatives were divided. John Mccormack, National Review, "What’s Next for Elise Stefanik?," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The trust deficit helps explain the election of Trump, the rise of populism, our political divide and why the government has done a poor job of solving our most pressing problems. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Trump’s assault on the truth has endangered our republic," 22 Nov. 2019 In other words, public opinion on impeachment now resembles the basic political divide that has defined the Trump era. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "ANALYSIS: Trump public impeachment hearings: More like Watergate or Clinton?," 13 Nov. 2019 Polling a month ago from the New York Times Upshot and Siena College found that 49% of Floridians support the impeachment inquiry, with 44% opposed — which shows the deep political divide in a state known for its extremely close elections. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "As impeachment hearings start, these Florida voters are unmovable: Trump did nothing wrong," 13 Nov. 2019 Carson ignored a Courier Journal reporter when asked about the looming impeachment, and instead emphasized how the country needs to overcome its current political divide. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits Kentucky to boost Gov. Matt Bevin's reelection," 31 Oct. 2019 The political divide between red and blue runs roughly north-south along the Cascade Range, with Seattle and Olympia, the capital, holding sway over the state’s eastern range country. Los Angeles Times, "Gray wolves are protected in Washington. So why does the state keep killing them?," 23 Oct. 2019 Rosh Haayin almost perfectly reflects the political divide that has paralyzed Israel after the two elections, one in September, the other in April. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "In a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity," 20 Oct. 2019 Huge crowds of Cho’s supporters and critics have marched in South Korea’s capital in recent weeks, demonstrating how the months-long saga over Cho has deepened the country’s political divide. San Diego Union-Tribune, "South Korean justice minister resigns during finance probe," 14 Oct. 2019 There’s no getting around the fact that the earlier controversies often featured political and racial and even generational divides. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Are Critics of the NBA on China Hypocrites?," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of divide

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for divide

Verb

Middle English, from Latin dividere, from dis- + -videre to separate — more at widow

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The first known use of divide was in the 14th century

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Divide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divide. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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divide

verb
How to pronounce divide (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of divide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

divide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of divide (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : 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

divide

verb
di·​vide | \ də-ˈvīd How to pronounce divide (audio) \
divided; dividing

Kids Definition of divide

1 : to separate into two or more parts or pieces She divided the pie into eight pieces.
2 : to give out in shares I divided the money between us.
3 : to be or make different in opinion or interest The country was divided over the issue.
4 : to subject to or perform mathematical division Divide 10 by 2.
5 : to branch off : fork The road divides here.

Other Words from divide

divider \ də-​ˈvī-​dər \ noun

divide

verb
di·​vide | \ də-ˈvīd How to pronounce divide (audio) \
divided; dividing

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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