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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Ray and Willughby divided birds into landfowl and waterfowl and then, on the basis of anatomical details like beaks, feet or body size, into successive subdivisions. Jenny Uglow, WSJ, "‘The Wonderful Mr. Willughby’ Review: Hatching a New Science," 5 July 2018 Based on public comment at the recent council meeting, residents remain divided over hoop houses. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst hoop house rules may not come until September," 3 July 2018 Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU PF, remains deeply divided and politics is now more militarized. Chipo Dendere, Washington Post, "Zimbabwe has an election coming up. Is political violence brewing?," 2 July 2018 People remain divided, while the government of Prime Minister Theresa May is deadlocked over how to move forward. Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash," 25 June 2018 The Trump administration has not yet announced plans to suspend those tariffs, which the White House has said would go into effect shortly after June 15, and the administration’s trade advisers remain deeply divided over whether to proceed. New York Times, "Trump Strikes Deal to Save China’s ZTE as North Korea Meeting Looms," 7 June 2018 Negotiators remain divided on a host of contentious U.S. proposals, including a provision that would require the deal to be formally renewed every five years. Philly.com, "Trump officials weigh 25 percent tax on imported cars in a bid to force concessions in NAFTA trade talks," 23 May 2018 However, a person with knowledge of the situation said that the league’s owners remain divided on how to handle the protests. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "NFL owners still seeking answers on national anthem policy," 22 May 2018 But in a sign that the Methodists and their bishops remain deeply divided on the issue, the council will also forward the other two options to that special General Conference, which is scheduled for next February in St. Louis. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Will views on same-sex marriage split one of America's largest Protestant religions? | Charlotte Observer," 17 May 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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