Essential Meaning of divorce
1 : the ending of a marriage by a legal process Since getting a divorce, she has been raising her children alone. They went through a lengthy/messy divorce. See More ExamplesTheir marriage ended in divorce. They are filing for divorce. [=they are filing a paper with the courts asking that their marriage be legally ended] Financial problems are a leading cause of divorce.
2 formal : a complete separation between two things
Full Definition of divorce
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Definition of divorce (Entry 2 of 3)
a : to legally dissolve one's marriage with : to end marriage with (one's spouse) by divorce (see divorce entry 1 sense 1) She divorced her husband.
b : to dissolve the marriage contract between They were divorced last year. They are getting divorced.
2 : to make or keep separate : separate divorce church from state media narratives divorced from reality
law : to obtain a divorce They divorced two years later.
Definition of divorcé (Entry 3 of 3)
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