divided

adjective

di·​vid·​ed də-ˈvī-dəd How to pronounce divided (audio)
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 dividedJames Joyce
dividedly adverb
dividedness noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web During their 2022 winter meeting in Salt Lake City, a divided party voted to censure two House Republicans – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – for participating in a congressional investigation in the pro-Trump insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2023 From his safe political position within the state, Newsom has looked beyond California’s borders, at times to the chagrin of party leaders anxious to avoid talk of a divided party. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 His surprise appointment was a compromise in a divided party after his predecessor, Zhao Ziyang, was ousted over his support for the protesters. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 30 Nov. 2022 But a divided Republican Party is actually very much in Trump’s interest right now. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2022 Party leaders threw their support behind Mr. Sunak as a better option to try to unify a divided party and put the chaos of the last few months — much of it caused by Mr. Johnson — behind it. Mark Landler, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2022 That high bar is designed to narrow the field and reduce the perceptions of the Conservatives as a divided party. The Editors, National Review, 21 Oct. 2022 Financial markets breathed a sigh of relief, but now a divided ruling party must quickly find a leader who can unify its warring factions. Jill Lawless, ajc, 21 Oct. 2022 Hers is the third resignation by a Conservative prime minister in as many years and leaves a divided party seeking a leader who can unify its warring factions. Jill Lawless, Chicago Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of divided was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Divided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divided. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

divided

adjective
1
a
: separated into parts or pieces
b
: having a barrier (as a guardrail) to separate lanes of traffic going in opposite directions
a divided highway
2
: disagreeing with each other
divided over the issue

Legal Definition

divided

adjective
di·​vid·​ed
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 partitionLouisiana Civil Code
granted in divided portions
2
: not united : failing to agree
a divided Court

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