Definition of divided
1a : separated into parts or piecesb of a leaf : cut into distinct parts by incisions extending to the base or to the midribc : having a barrier (such as a guardrail) to separate lanes of traffic going in opposite directions a divided highway
2a : disagreeing with each other : disunitedb : 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
dividedlyplay \də-ˈvī-dəd-lē\ adverb
dividednessplay \-nəs\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of divided from the Web
The violent protests added to pressure on Mr. Ghani's fragile and divided government, which has been powerless to stop a string of high profile attacks in the capital that have killed hundreds of civilians over recent months.
Top White House aides were divided and Trump's decision may not be entirely clear-cut.
A bill to enlist the Baltimore County jail into a federal immigration screening program drew divided views from residents Tuesday — the latest local take on an issue that has sparked debate in communities across the nation.
The tension that divided supporters of the memorial 35 years ago stemmed from two key questions: How does a nation remember its wars?
Dozens of Greek and Turkish Cypriots have linked arms across a U.N.-controlled buffer zone cutting across ethnically divided Cyprus’ capital of Nicosia to voice their support for a reunification agreement.
The contentious election and its stunning result had left Americans bitterly divided.
The White House dithering over the accord — which has the support of every nation except Syria and Nicaragua -- reflects a deeply divided worldview in a Trump inner circle now packed with establishment Republicans.
Imad Abu Sneineh was shot in the head, chest, stomach and legs by 10 bullets fired from a truck with Palestinian number plates outside his home in the divided West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian officials said.
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First Known Use of divided
DIVIDED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of divided for English Language Learners
: 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 partition — Louisiana Civil Code granted in divided portions
2 : not united : failing to agree a divided Court
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