rift

noun
\ ˈrift How to pronounce rift (audio) \

Definition of rift

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a clear space or interval

rift

verb
rifted; rifting; rifts

Definition of rift (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to burst open

transitive verb

1 : cleave, divide hills were rifted by the earthquake
2 : penetrate

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Synonyms for rift

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of rift in a Sentence

Noun The fight will only widen the rift with his brother. the rift in the rock We could see some stars through the rifts in the clouds. Scientists are studying the Mid-Atlantic Rift.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Quinn, who has had a continued rift with Stause since Season 1, also appears to be in Italy, with her husband Christian Richard and their two-month-old son, Christian Georges Dumontet. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 2021 But the two camp’s disagreements have hardened into a public rift that exposes some irreconcilable challenges of the present media environment. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 19 July 2021 In a rare public rift, Netanyahu on Wednesday briefly rebuffed a public call from President Joe Biden to wind things down, appearing determined to inflict maximum damage on Hamas in a war that could help save his political career. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 In a rare public rift, Netanyahu on Wednesday briefly rebuffed a public call from President Joe Biden to wind things down, appearing determined to inflict maximum damage on Hamas in a war that could help save his political career. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 The news comes just a day after Irwin publicly acknowledged that there is a rift between herself and her paternal grandfather, Bob, the founder of the Australia Zoo. Korin Miller, Health.com, 21 June 2021 The result is a rare, open rift between Rome and the American church. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 14 June 2021 In a rare public rift, Netanyahu on Wednesday briefly rebuffed a public call from President Joe Biden to wind things down, appearing determined to inflict maximum damage on Hamas in a war that could help save his political career. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 In a rare public rift, Netanyahu on Wednesday briefly rebuffed a public call from President Joe Biden to wind things down, appearing determined to inflict maximum damage on Hamas in a war that could help save his political career. Fares Akram And Joseph Krauss, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The police, unsurprisingly, started to fire tear gas canisters again, trying to rift and wedge the fleeing protesters. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 28 Dec. 2019 Collectively, the two plates are also rifting away from the Arabian Plate, which already separates Africa from the Middle East. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, 13 Apr. 2018 That is, for fall, alongside rifted-upon replicas of archival pieces, Balenciaga sent out tote bags in fuchsia taffeta and feathers to match the flouncy dresses. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of rift

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for rift

Noun

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish & Norwegian rift fissure, Old Norse rīfa to rive — more at rive

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

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30 Jul 2021

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“Rift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rift. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for rift

rift

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rift

: a situation in which two people, groups, etc., no longer have a friendly relationship
: a deep crack or opening in the ground, a rock, etc.
geology : a break in the Earth's crust

rift

noun
\ ˈrift How to pronounce rift (audio) \

Kids Definition of rift

1 : an opening made by splitting or separation : cleft a rift in the ice
2 : a break in friendly relations A misunderstanding caused a rift within the family.

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