divvy

verb

div·​vy ˈdi-vē How to pronounce divvy (audio)
divvied; divvying; divvies

transitive verb

: divide, share
divvy a pie
Between now and then, managing the divestiture will eat up much of Allen's time—he must divvy tens of billions of dollars in assets …David Kirkpatrick
Instead of divvying the spoils of a $12-$18 CD sale, labels, artists and songwriters are vying for nickels and dimes from 99 cent downloads.Brian Garrity
usually used with up
We divvied up the chores.Money is easier to divvy up than property, …Susan E. KuhnWhen the time comes to divvy up the school funding pie, maintenance departments wait patiently in line for their slice of resources.Mike KennedyEarly evidence suggests there has been a significant shift in how fiscal responsibilities are divvied up among the federal government, and state and local governments.Grant A. Driessen and Joseph S. Hughes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That’s what the Obama administration did with the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, working with California to divvy up 10 million acres of federal land in the desert. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2023 Danielle, too, has been hard at work updating the community on how the Green Bay school district has spent referendum dollars so far, evaluating school test scores and breaking down how tax dollars are divvied up and delivered to public and private schools. Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023 Arrangements work best when siblings can divvy up tasks that play to each other’s strengths. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 15 Feb. 2023 Gift them all to one lucky foodie or divvy them up among the heat seekers in your life. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Dec. 2022 Lawmakers plan to divvy up $1 billion from the federal American Rescue Plan Act during the special session, which opens Monday, and the money that leaders hope to set aside for pipeline grants could make the prospect of such a project more attractive to developers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 The tax bill also includes language to establish a nine-person commission that would make recommendations to the Legislature this fall on how to divvy up $250 million in federal aid for essential workers, such as nurses and custodians who continued to go into work during the pandemic. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 In 2018, the XPRIZE announced 10 finalists, who divvied up a $5 million incremental prize. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Mar. 2023 The states involved in the case, meanwhile, argue the Navajo Nation is attempting to make an end run around a Supreme Court decree that divvied up water in the Colorado River’s Lower Basin. Jessica Gresko, ajc, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

by shortening & alteration from divide

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of divvy was in 1877

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“Divvy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divvy. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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