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

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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 Fraudulent comments and form-letter campaigns apparently helped make public opinion seem more divided, though Pai pointed out that the fraud went in both directions. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "NYT defeats Ajit Pai as judge orders FCC to provide net neutrality records," 4 May 2020 The public’s rating of Trump was far more divided, 51% to 46%. Los Angeles Times, "Trump rewrites coronavirus record to avoid blame," 3 Apr. 2020 Instead, the nation became divided, and those divisions widened. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Invention—and Reinvention—of Impeachment," 21 Oct. 2019 Overall, the justices seemed closely divided on how to resolve that case. Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 hits the red states," 8 May 2020 Democrats seemed divided, though, on whether an election conducted entirely by mail was a good idea. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus vs. Ohio's primary: What an election delay would mean for candidates, issues," 16 Mar. 2020 NEW YORK TIMES Supreme Court appears divided on asylum case The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday over whether the government can deport people who fail initial asylum screenings without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. BostonGlobe.com, "US announces troop withdrawal in Afghanistan as respite from violence ends," 2 Mar. 2020 And once again, the country seems hopelessly divided. Washington Post, "Weary and divided, Israel goes back to the polls," 1 Mar. 2020 The Supreme Court appeared divided over an LGBTQ job discrimination case on Tuesday. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "White House escalates impeachment fight, Turkey-Syria border tension and celebrating girl power: The Morning Rundown," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of divided

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

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

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“Divided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divided. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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