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divide

verb di·vide \ də-ˈvīd \

Definition of divide

divided; dividing
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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
3 a :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
4 a :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
2 a (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

dividable

play \-ˈvī-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of divide in a Sentence

  1. She divided the pie into eight pieces.

  2. The equator divides the Earth into two hemispheres.

  3. The river divides after the bridge.

  4. A tall fence divides the two yards.

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Origin and Etymology of divide

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

Synonym Discussion of divide

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

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divide

noun

Definition of divide

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

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First Known Use of divide

1642



DIVIDE Defined for English Language Learners

divide

verb

Definition of divide for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of divide for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

divide

verb di·vide \ də-ˈvīd \

Definition of divide for Students

divided; dividing
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.

divider

\də-ˈvī-dər\ noun

Medical Dictionary

divide

verb di·vide \ də-ˈvīd \

medical Definition of divide

divided; dividing
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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