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 intodivide 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 dividable (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 The board ultimately decided to divide it up among homelessness, housing, energy independence and teacher salaries. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "SF, other Bay Area counties facing huge bill from California at worst possible time," 12 June 2020 As cells divide in early stages of development, snails' shells usually turn clockwise. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Two lefties make a right, if you're a rare garden snail," 2 June 2020 The Parties shall also equally divide all holidays, vacation time, pupil-free days, and summer vacation. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey Agreed to Joint Custody of Son Josey 3 Months Before She Disappeared," 10 July 2020 The American public has tired of the president’s antics and efforts to divide, and the reckoning that’s occurred since George Floyd’s death has only solidified those views. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Best for NASCAR, other sports leagues to ignore Trump's hateful messages," 6 July 2020 Yet a pronounced rift appears to divide the weight classes of these two types of massive stellar corpses. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "Mystery Object Blurs Line between Neutron Stars and Black Holes," 30 June 2020 Remove from the oven and divide the cauliflower into four piles on the baking sheet. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "This roast cauliflower sandwich proves vegetables can be hearty and even indulgent," 28 June 2020 To help implement social distancing precautions, the camp is also using the pod system to divide the children into small groups. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Summer camps try 'pods' to keep campers together while limiting the spread of coronavirus," 13 June 2020 Owners and players arguing how to divide billions in revenue. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Opinion: Major League Baseball swings and misses during its turn in the spotlight," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The divide between the two breweries highlights the pace at which AI is being adopted by US companies. Will Knight, Wired, "AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?," 30 July 2020 Swedish prosecutors cleared the country’s former ambassador to China of wrongdoing, ending an 18-month probe into a series of shadowy meetings that had raised questions over the divide between diplomacy and national security. Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "Sweden’s Former Ambassador to China Is Cleared of Wrongdoing in Bookseller Talks," 10 July 2020 Critics see the law as Beijing’s boldest step yet to erase the legal divide between the former British colony and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. Zen Soo, USA TODAY, "TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises questions," 8 July 2020 Critics see the law as Beijing's boldest step yet to erase the legal divide between the former British colony and the mainland's authoritarian Communist Party system. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is TikTok, Facebook user data safe in Hong Kong? Maybe not.," 7 July 2020 The pandemic has exacerbated income inequality and the huge divide between the haves and have-nots. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Cindy Gallop says the pandemic will help essential workers get paid what they’re worth," 30 June 2020 Nevertheless, the divide between neutron stars and black holes may well persist as a cosmic proclivity rather than a rule. Charlie Wood, Scientific American, "Mystery Object Blurs Line between Neutron Stars and Black Holes," 30 June 2020 Mata added that assaulting a police officer is a criminal offense and that the incident only furthers the divide between law enforcement and community members. Washington Examiner, "Off-duty Dallas police officer beaten unconscious," 29 June 2020 Back in California, the McIntyres feel their small celebration is one way to bridge the racial divide during this tense moment in our history. James Brown And Alvin Patrick, CBS News, "Juneteenth recognizes America's "original sin," says lawmaker pushing to make it a national holiday," 19 June 2020

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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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2 Aug 2020

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“Divide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divide. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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divide

verb
How to pronounce divide (audio)

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)

chiefly US : a line of hills or mountains from which rivers drain : a ridge between two rivers
: 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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