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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The money will convert previously divided staff apartments back into a family home, as well add a green energy unit, fireplaces, staircases, and new security measures. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Meghan Markle's Net Worth?," 16 Apr. 2019 Earlier this week, prosecutors dropped 16 charges alleging the actor had staged a hate crime with himself as the victim, an outcome that has sharply divided police and prosecutors in Chicago and left many across the country confused and angry. ... Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Trump Says FBI to Investigate Smollett Case; Chicago Seeks Repayment for Probe," 28 Mar. 2019 May met with Conservative lawmakers in a packed room at Parliament, in a bid to calm the feverish atmosphere in the deeply divided party. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Boris Johnson quits as UK’s May faces mounting Brexit crisis," 10 July 2018 May currently holds a tiny working majority in parliament, and her pursuit of a Brexit deal that suits her divided party has led to crisis after crisis. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Boris Johnson's Resignation Over Brexit Could Lead to Major Shakeups in British Politics. Here's What to Know," 9 July 2018 Stewart had long been on the fringe of the state’s GOP; now the win makes him the standard-bearer of a deeply divided party that hasn’t won a statewide race in nearly a decade. BostonGlobe.com, "Devoted Trump supporter Stewart wins Virginia GOP Senate nom," 13 June 2018 And even if Kennedy had won the nomination, he, like Humphrey, would have led into the general election a divided party that had done horribly into the 1966 midterms and had lost much of its white southern wing to George Wallace. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Powerful Myth of Would-Be President RFK, 50 Years Later," 5 June 2018 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

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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