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 \ -​nəs How to pronounce dividedness (audio) \ 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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No one has been able to prove Steve Hodel wrong—but as his theories have continued to spiral, encompassing more and more unsolved murders, experts have become increasingly divided about his conclusions. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of I Am the Night: How the Black Dahlia and George Hodel Were Connected," 10 Feb. 2019 With so many dramatic events on this season of Blue Bloods—including Jamie and Eddie's rocky engagement and the truth behind Linda Reagan's death, just to name a few—fans are left divided on plenty of subjects. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Bridget Moynahan Released a 'Blue Bloods' Cookbook Inspired by the Reagan Family Dinners," 1 Dec. 2018 After all, trends from decades past are constantly making a comeback, but people seem pretty divided over whether that's actually a good thing. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Poll: Which '90s Home Trends Do You Wish Would Never Come Back?," 25 Oct. 2018 In Colorado, a state rocked by the 1999 Columbine High School and 2012 Aurora theater mass shootings, lawmakers in the divided Legislature refused to compromise. Ryan J. Foley, Fox News, "AP: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns," 26 Sep. 2018 When presiding over a divided court, Roberts often has sought modest and narrow rulings. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Supreme Court this year gave a preview of things to come: Wins for Trump, employers and Republicans," 1 July 2018 The high court's decision reflects the divided opinion of Americans in the ongoing debate surrounding immigration and border security. USA TODAY, "Supreme Court travel ban verdict reignites fierce debate over immigration," 26 June 2018 The reign of Hope Hicks, the unflappable White House communications director and the right side of President Trump's brain, comes to an end this week, leaving a communications team bitterly divided and an impetuous president increasingly isolated. Jacqueline Alemany, CBS News, "White House staffers view post Hicks-era with trepidation," 28 Mar. 2018 With just a year to go until Britain leaves the EU, talks on the future relationship are about to start and May needs to get her divided team behind her at last. Bloomberg.com, "Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets With President Trump," 2 Mar. 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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