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 divided (audio) \ adverb
dividedness \ də-​ˈvī-​dəd-​nəs How to pronounce divided (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 Labor and business leaders both expressed hope that a resolution could be found at the bargaining table in the coming days, though union officials acknowledged the sides remain divided on key issues. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Though polls show that a majority of parents support mask requirements -- and despite recommendations from pediatricians and the CDC -- schools remain divided over whether to implement them. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2021 Democrats remain divided on the massive spending bill that amounts to the bulk of Biden's plan to cut carbon emissions. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Despite widespread efforts to vaccinate Detroiters against the coronavirus, young people remain divided over the issue among even close friends, keeping the city far behind its goal. Jasmin Barmore, Detroit Free Press, 16 Sep. 2021 Montenegrins remain deeply divided over their country’s ties with neighboring Serbia and the Serbian Orthodox Church, which is the nation’s dominant religious institution. Predrag Milic, ajc, 5 Sep. 2021 As the pandemic -- and its mitigation strategies -- have become overly politicized, some members of the RISD community remain deeply divided about how to handle the spike. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Yet many of the state’s residents remain deeply divided. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Former employees remain divided about Smietana’s motives. Morgen Peck, The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of divided

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

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“Divided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divided. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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