divide

verb
di·​vide | \ də-ˈvīd How to pronounce divide (audio) \
divided; dividing

Definition of divide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to separate into two or more parts, areas, or groups divide the city into wards
b : to separate into classes, categories, or divisions divide history into epochs
c : cleave, part a ship dividing the waves
2a : to separate into portions and give out in shares : distribute divide profits
b : to possess, enjoy, or make use of in common divide the blame
c : apportion divides her time between the office and home
3a : to cause to be separate, distinct, or apart from one another fields divided by stone walls
b : to separate into opposing sides or parties the issues that divide us
c : to cause (a parliamentary body) to vote by division
4a : to subject (a number or quantity) to the operation of finding how many times it contains another number or quantity divide 42 by 14
b : to be used as a divisor with respect to (a dividend) 4 divides 16 evenly
c : to use as a divisor used with into divide 14 into 42

intransitive verb

1 : to perform mathematical division
2a(1) : to undergo replication, multiplication, fission, or separation into parts
(2) : to branch out
b : to become separated or disunited especially in opinion or interest

divide

noun

Definition of divide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of dividing
2a : a dividing ridge between drainage areas
b : a point or line of division or disagreement

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Other Words from divide

Verb

dividable \ də-​ˈvī-​də-​bəl How to pronounce divide (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

separate, part, divide, sever, sunder, divorce mean to become or cause to become disunited or disjointed. separate may imply any of several causes such as dispersion, removal of one from others, or presence of an intervening thing. separated her personal life from her career part implies the separating of things or persons in close union or association. vowed never to part divide implies separating into pieces or sections by cutting or breaking. civil war divided the nation sever implies violence especially in the removal of a part or member. a severed limb sunder suggests violent rending or wrenching apart. a city sundered by racial conflict divorce implies separating two things that commonly interact and belong together. cannot divorce scientific research from moral responsibility

distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole out mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts. distributed food to the needy dispense suggests the giving of a carefully weighed or measured portion to each of a group according to due or need. dispensed wisdom to the students divide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal. three charitable groups divided the proceeds deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece. deal out equipment and supplies dole out implies a carefully measured portion of something that is often in short supply. doled out what little food there was

Examples of divide in a Sentence

Verb She divided the pie into eight pieces. The equator divides the Earth into two hemispheres. The river divides after the bridge. A tall fence divides the two yards.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To calculate the average customer lifespan, divide the sum of your customers’ lifespans by the number of customers. Yec, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Washington newspapers would eventually divide their employment ads into jobs that were open to Whites and those that were open to African Americans, but in the 1880s and 1890s, the ads were intermingled. Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2021 Still, some of the disturbing imagery and anxiety-ridden themes could divide award voters and critics. Clayton Davis, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Now divide the mixture between the two prepared tins, level off and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for about 30 minutes. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 1 Sep. 2021 Martinez will divide his time between both Fiestas to get the new restaurant off the ground. cleveland, 29 Aug. 2021 Classes will not divide students by gender, and participants will specify their pronouns. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Long Beach Unified, where the school year has not started, will divide cases into the categories of students, employees and visitors/vendors. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 So divide $2 trillion by 30 and then factor in the staffers working for each of those senators. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 18 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The progressive versus moderate divide dominated the early stages of the party's 2020 presidential primary with Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders serving as the most prominent representatives of each end of the spectrum. Will Weissert, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 The divide among California Republicans over how best to move forward and make electoral gains in Sacramento and Congress in 2022 shows no signs of being remedied. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 The contrast speaks to America’s digital privacy divide. NBC News, 16 Sep. 2021 Some researchers are concerned about how boosters will affect the vaccine divide. From Staff Reports, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 That divide is even starker among people aged 18 to 39. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 This stark divide in response to the pandemic is also reflected in the adoption of vaccine mandates at colleges and universities in each state. Anjani Jain, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 Under Spotify’s divide-one-pie payout model, there’s a finite pool of money for artists that comes in from the streamer’s ads-and-subscriptions revenue, and each act’s allocation is determined by his or her fraction of overall plays. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021 While that belief is beginning to ossify among Republicans, a divide is brewing over Trump’s role in the party. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of divide

Verb

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

Noun

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for divide

Verb

Middle English, from Latin dividere, from dis- + -videre to separate — more at widow

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

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divide

verb

English Language Learners Definition of divide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to separate (something) into two or more parts or pieces
: to separate (something) into classes or categories
: to give (something) out in usually equal amounts

divide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of divide (Entry 2 of 2)

: a line of hills or mountains from which rivers drain : a ridge between two rivers : watershed
: a separation of people into two or more groups that is caused by different opinions or beliefs or by a disagreement

divide

verb
di·​vide | \ də-ˈvīd How to pronounce divide (audio) \
divided; dividing

Kids Definition of divide

1 : to separate into two or more parts or pieces She divided the pie into eight pieces.
2 : to give out in shares I divided the money between us.
3 : to be or make different in opinion or interest The country was divided over the issue.
4 : to subject to or perform mathematical division Divide 10 by 2.
5 : to branch off : fork The road divides here.

Other Words from divide

divider \ də-​ˈvī-​dər \ noun

divide

verb
di·​vide | \ də-ˈvīd How to pronounce divide (audio) \
divided; dividing

Medical Definition of divide

transitive verb

: to separate into two or more parts divide a nerve surgically

intransitive verb

: to undergo replication, multiplication, fission, or separation into parts actively dividing cells

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