Definition of divided 

1a : separated into parts or pieces

b of a leaf : cut into distinct parts by incisions extending to the base or to the midrib

c : having a barrier (such as a guardrail) to separate lanes of traffic going in opposite directions a divided highway

2a : disagreeing with each other : disunited

b : directed or moved toward conflicting interests, states, or objects divided loyalties

3 : separated by distance familiar objects from which she had never dreamed of being divided— James Joyce

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Other Words from divided

dividedly \də-​ˈvī-​dəd-​lē \ adverb
dividedness \-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for divided


disunited, split


unanimous, undivided, united

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Examples of divided in a Sentence

Experts are sharply divided on the issue. The issue has created a deeply divided nation. She feels like she only gets her mother's divided attention.
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Enough Republicans stayed home on Election Day to give the seat to Democrat Doug Jones in a narrowly divided Senate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Bob Menendez vs. Roy Moore," 29 Oct. 2018 Moon is eager to restart economic cooperation with North Korea to cement improved relations on the divided peninsula. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN," 22 Sep. 2018 Trump makes his selection with an eye to the closely divided Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority — 50-49 if the ailing Sen. John McCain of Arizona remains absent. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "Lights, camera, Supreme Court nominee!," 9 July 2018 Now, commentators and others in Seoul think Trump deserves a Nobel Prize for helping start the unexpected peace process unfolding on the divided Korean Peninsula. New York Times, cleveland.com, "Trump should win Nobel Peace Prize, says South Korea president," 30 Apr. 2018 His latest announcement came one day after North and South Korea installed what officials said was the first hotline between their top leaders, another sign of improving relations on the divided Korean Peninsula. Choe Sang-hun, The Seattle Times, "North Korea’s Kim Jong Un halts testing of nuclear weapons, missiles," 20 Apr. 2018 Moon, for his part, hopes to make the Olympics an avenue for peace on the divided Korean Peninsula. CBS News, "Ivanka Trump at Winter Olympics to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea," 24 Feb. 2018 Tensions have been high on the divided peninsula over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, which have prompted a slew of international sanctions. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "North Korea calls for unification in rare statement to 'all Koreans'," 25 Jan. 2018 But the administration remains bitterly divided on China trade, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer arguing that the U.S. needs to continue with tariffs to get China to make necessary concessions. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "U.S., China Resume Talks to Cool Trade Tensions," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of divided

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

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English Language Learners Definition of divided

: separated by different opinions : in a state of disagreement

: given to two or more people or things rather than to just one person or thing



Legal Definition of divided 

1a : separated into parts, classes, or portions divided coverage divided custody

b in the civil law of Louisiana : separately owned, possessed, or held : no longer held in indivision owner of a divided part or of the entire estate following partitionLouisiana Civil Code granted in divided portions

2 : not united : failing to agree a divided Court

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