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 into divide 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 arrondissements—the sections into which the City of Lights is divided—move out from the center in a widening spiral that resembles the shape of a galaxy. Jay Mcinerney, Vogue, "Why, Oh Why Do I Love Paris? Jay McInerney Counted the Ways in a 1986 Story for Vogue, Republished Here in Solidarity With the French Capital, Where Notre-Dame Burned," 16 Apr. 2019 The country’s two main parties, Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party, are both internally divided over Brexit and have begun to fray, with more than a dozen lawmakers quitting in recent months to sit as independents. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 Well, the people have spoken—and they're definitely divided. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean's ACMs Performance Left People Seriously Upset," 8 Apr. 2019 Suburban men were more evenly divided, but many still didn’t approve of Trump. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 All this in the name of national security, while our country becomes further divided over immigration. Marie Claire, "Why Your Vote Is More Important This Year Than Ever Before," 16 Oct. 2018 The issue became a key dividing line between Sanders and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Said She Hates Donald Trump and Might Support Bernie Sanders in 2020," 16 Apr. 2019 The former couple also disclosed how their assets will be divided. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos Have Finalized Their Divorce," 4 Apr. 2019 An open floor plan allows for bright light to enter the space, but in the interest of privacy, sliding glass doors were added to divide the rooms from one another. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "This Sprawling Home Is Full of Surprises," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The divide was sort of comic, the benefactors in Dries Van Noten and the fawning fangirls in CDG. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“It’s Hard to Find Interesting New Things”—A Chat with Rei Kawakubo as She Wins the Noguchi Award," 3 May 2019 Instead, Kashmir—for decades the site of a bloody partisan divide between Hindus and Muslim separatists—has suffered growing violence from among its local population that India has struggled to contain. Bill Spindle, WSJ, "Deadly Bombing Targets Indian Security Personnel in Kashmir," 14 Feb. 2019 As the midterms show, the partisan divide is only getting wider, on climate like everything else. David Roberts, Vox, "After the midterms, US climate politics are even more polarized. Here’s how Dems can move forward.," 12 Nov. 2018 For people studying partisan divides on various topics, there is a lot going on here. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Being reminded of your political bubble can stop you from breaking out," 3 Sep. 2018 And this is before Mr. Trump’s virtually certain nomination of another conservative, a development expected to make the partisan divide even more stark. New York Times, "Political Polarization Takes Hold of the Supreme Court," 5 July 2018 As might be expected the partisan divide rears its head in these numbers, with Republicans generally holding a sunnier view of county on some key points. NBC News, "Americans: Optimistic for country, but deep skepticism," 29 Apr. 2018 Getting past the partisan divide of his nomination and winning over the agency and its centers will be Bridenstine’s first task, says John Logsdon, founder of The George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Bridenstine confirmed to serve as NASA administrator," 19 Apr. 2018 The evolution of ideological diversity is worth following as the partisan divide continues to widen in the tech world, the media world, and many others. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, February 16," 16 Feb. 2018

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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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divide

verb

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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