di·​vid·​ed | \ də-ˈvī-dəd How to pronounce divided (audio) \

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 How to pronounce dividedly (audio) \ adverb
dividedness \ də-​ˈvī-​dəd-​nəs How to pronounce dividedness (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Our country frequently seems more divided than ever on how to approach everything from climate change to the economy. Doug Mcmillon, Fortune, "Walmart CEO: To tackle today’s challenges, ‘listen with open ears and an open heart’," 6 Oct. 2020 New Orleans has always been a rich, divided, violent, and beautiful city. Eric Klinenberg, The New York Review of Books, "A Disaster 100 Years in the Making," 6 Oct. 2020 If evaluators are too divided over whether a video is deceptive or factually misleading, then their responses won't provide a clear signal. Clive Thompson, Wired, "YouTube’s Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories," 18 Sep. 2020 Greece and Turkey have been involved in a standoff at sea for weeks over maritime boundaries between Turkey's coast, the ethnically divided island nation of Cyprus and several Greek islands. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Delta won't furlough flight attendants, ground workers," 15 Sep. 2020 According to a report in the Telegraph late on Friday, EU leaders will step in to get discussions moving as the two parties remain deeply divided. Antonio Vanuzzo, Bloomberg.com, "EU Hits at ‘Unfounded Rumors’ Over Brexit Talks Intervention," 5 Sep. 2020 Congress remains deeply divided over how much support to continue providing the roughly 28 million unemployed Americans. Alison Kosik, CNN, "Trump's $300 supplemental unemployment benefit is 'too little too late,' Goldman Sachs says," 24 Aug. 2020 Investors who have already been grappling with concerns that the election might not be easily settled and that lawmakers in Washington will remain too divided to pass another stimulus deal will now need to interpret a historically chaotic night. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Bare-Knuckle Night With Biden Risks Repelling Key Voters," 30 Sep. 2020 The divided reaction illustrates the degree to which most viewers filter a debate through their own preconceptions. Anchorage Daily News, "The first presidential debate brings high stakes for Trump and Biden," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of divided

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

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

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15 Oct 2020

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“Divided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divided. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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