divided

adjective
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 Wisconsin elected officials remain divided on Obamacare, even during the pandemic. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mask mandates; Dems react to Johnson pandemic comment; keeping a lid on outbreak list," 8 July 2020 Available with an over-the-air software update to properly equipped F-150s next summer, the system will work on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in the U.S. and Canada. cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 features and tech aim to delight owners and stump the competition," 4 July 2020 NBC Channel 10 in Boston reports that the police car was parked on the left-hand side of Route 24, a divided highway in West Bridgewater, a town about an hour south of Boston. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla driver blames Autopilot for crash, faces negligent driving charge," 1 July 2020 Barber said during the 2018 discussion, the community seemed divided pretty evenly. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "'The tide has significantly turned from 2018.' Forest Hills discusses changing 'Redskins' mascot," 1 July 2020 States can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling," 30 June 2020 Available is Ford's new hands-free driver assist system, which can be used on over 100,000 miles of divided highways in the U.S. and Canada. CBS News, "Ford unveils revamped F-150 with new interior," 26 June 2020 The Active Drive Assist system will work on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in the United States and Canada, the company said. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford's electric Mustang will offer hands-free driving technology next year," 18 June 2020 Available with an over-the-air software update to properly equipped F-150s next summer, the system will work on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in the U.S. and Canada. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Ford F-150 features and tech aim to delight owners and stump the competition," 26 June 2020

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Divided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divided. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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divided

adjective
How to pronounce divided (audio)

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

divided

adjective
di·​vid·​ed

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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