divided

adjective

Definition of divided

1 a :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
2 a :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

dividedly

play \də-ˈvī-dəd-lē\ adverb

dividedness

play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of divided in a Sentence

  1. Experts are sharply divided on the issue.

  2. The issue has created a deeply divided nation.

  3. She feels like she only gets her mother's divided attention.

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First Known Use of divided

14th century

divided Synonyms

Synonyms
disunited, split, at loggerheads, at odds
Antonyms
unanimous, undivided, united
Related Words
balkanized, fractionalized, fractionated; cohesionless, factious


DIVIDED Defined for English Language Learners

divided

adjective

Definition of divided for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

divided

adjective di·vid·ed

legal Definition of divided

1 a :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 partition
  • Louisiana Civil Code
  • granted in divided portions
2 :not united :failing to agree
  • a divided Court


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