divide

verb
di·​vide | \də-ˈvīd \
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 \ -​ˈvī-​də-​bəl \ 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

More than 60 people, divided into teams of four, compete in seven challenges. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Tree climbers compete, show off mad skills (at 110 feet) during free event this weekend," 13 July 2018 The consulting firm divides the two parts of the region at Highway 92, and since 2010, the northern region has taken the lead in dollars raised by startups. Natasha Mascarenhas, SFChronicle.com, "The new Silicon Valley has cable cars and an orange bridge," 12 July 2018 Petitioner Christian Baldwin, representing Whirlyball, is requesting to divide the property and use 2.75 acres for the entertainment center. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Whirlyball business with laser tag, bowling proposed for burgeoning 'entertainment district' off Route 59 and I-88," 13 July 2018 According to an incident report, police ordered McCoy’s mother to return all the items, and said McCoy and Cordon would have to go though civil court to divide the items. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Ex-girlfriend blames LeSean McCoy in 911 tape: 'My face is demolished'," 13 July 2018 Draper proposed in 2014 to divide California into six states, but was unable to collect the 585,000-plus signatures required for an initiative to amend the state Constitution. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California’s three-way split: Lawsuit may take matter out of voters’ hands," 12 July 2018 Just as in Venezuela, the government appears to be using talks to play for time, and to try to divide the opposition. The Economist, "Daniel Ortega is causing a bloodbath in Nicaragua," 12 July 2018 Kristine Carlson wants to divide the 11-acre parcel at 637 South Main St. to build six homes, leaving about three acres as public open space, according to documents submitted to the town planning department. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Housing Development Proposed In Manchester Near Glastonbury Line," 12 July 2018 Soccer has united a country that politics is doing its best to divide. Sean Williams, The New Republic, "England’s World Cup Team: the Anti-Brexit," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, the White House may be trying to pursue a divide-and-conquer approach among European countries. David Meyer, Fortune, "GE Arrest, Glencore Buyback, Trump's Invasion Curiosity: CEO Daily for July 5, 2018," 5 July 2018 When Germany made a run while hosting the World Cup in 2006, the event was said to heal old divides and injuries for the first time since the country was reunified. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Shut up and dribble? Not in basketball. Certainly not in soccer," 25 June 2018 On the halfway line — recast now as a slender divide between hope and despair — England Manager Gareth Southgate stood and watched. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 However, the divide between being African and being African-American is explored with more serious implications. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "How 'Coming To America' paved the way for 'Black Panther' 30 years ago," 29 June 2018 But in Episode 9, the divide between those lives comes crashing down. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 9: The Many Lives of the Man in Black," 18 June 2018 There’s the divide between the legacy companies — the AT&T, Comcast — and the edge providers — Facebook, Google and Amazon. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna on Recode Decode," 15 June 2018 The fire came to symbolize the glaring gaps of inequality in London, the stark divide between the haves and have-nots. Karla Adam, BostonGlobe.com, "Remembering the Grenfell fire, iconic landmarks glow green," 14 June 2018 During his 10 years at Milner school, Carlson worked to narrow the divide between the gym and the classroom and managed to integrate math and geography into his physical education lessons. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Hartford Teacher Of The Year Awarded To Benjamin Carlson," 24 May 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)

: 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 \
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 \
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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