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

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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Egypt went from being perhaps the strongest superpower in the world to a divided land with smaller, regional leaders. National Geographic, "Episode 4: Scuba diving in a pyramid," 2 July 2019 That’s what gridlock looks like in a nearly evenly divided United States, and if that gridlock can force the real work of governance back to state and local governments, then gridlock can be healthy. David French, National Review, "The Democrats Have No Answer for Mitch McConnell. Good.," 28 June 2019 The first-night candidates missed a golden opportunity to take on the most unifying issue that today’s divided Democrats have. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Kamala Harris won the moment, but Joe Biden’s still fightin’," 28 June 2019 Mr Imamoglu has a real chance to heal a divided society. The Economist, "Turkey’s president fails to see off his most powerful rival yet," 28 June 2019 As legislative affairs director, Ueland will be the president’s top liaison to Congress and be charged with guiding his policy vision through a divided legislative branch. oregonlive.com, "Trump taps Portland native for prominent White House job," 13 June 2019 The bulk of the new miles come from divided highways—the sort of road where Tesla’s Autopilot system has suffered two high-profile deadly crashes, and where Cadillac’s engineers are confident their system can do better. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places," 11 June 2019 While divided on whether to step up regulation or fully ban the technology, the experts agreed the time for reform is now. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "The CBP Breach Was Inevitable," 11 June 2019 Everybody has a lot of opinions about Game of Thrones, and tonight's episode in particular is inspiring some very, very divided reactions. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Didn't Even Pet Ghost Goodbye in Game of Thrones Tonight," 6 May 2019

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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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