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
Americans today are more divided about their role in the world than at any time since Pearl Harbor.
Ohio’s Republican legislators face potential pushback from their constituents in the politically divided battleground state for not acting to curb government health care spending.
Uniting a divided nation is a tall task, even for a holiday as filled with fireworks and flags as the Fourth of July.
In Washington, Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over how to deal with climate change.
For example, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan are closely divided states in terms of party affiliation and all voted for former President Barack Obama.
The Democratic Party is not really divided on economics.
Britain remains divided following the prodigious backfiring of Theresa May’s snap general election, cleaved between a series of fractures that emerged, glaringly, alongside Brexit.
Scholars are somewhat divided on who came up with the idea of offering fishing and hunting rights in exchange for the land.
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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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