rift

noun
\ ˈrift \

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

check, chink, cleft, crack, cranny, crevice, fissure, split

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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

But when Kloss recently married Joshua Kushner (Jared Kushner's brother), rumors of a rift swirled. Marissa G. Muller, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Was a Key Part of Karlie Kloss' Bachelorette Party," 3 Jan. 2019 The conservative government says the legislation, first proposed in December, is the major cause of a rift in diplomatic relations with China. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australia bans covert foreign interference in politics," 28 June 2018 Tharp discovered that the mountains had a huge rift running through center of the chain, with high peaks on each side. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 Israel’s Holocaust memorial on Thursday harshly criticized a deal by the prime ministers of Israel and Poland aimed at repairing a rift tied to a controversial Polish law, saying the agreement includes grave errors and deceptions. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "Israel's Holocaust memorial says agreement between Israeli and Polish leaders includes deceptions," 5 July 2018 Following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be neighbors with Prince William and Kate Middleton, reports of a royal rift have pervaded. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince Harry's Relationship with Prince William Is Changing Amid the Kensington Palace Split," 22 Dec. 2018 The naval battle is just the latest in a series of rifts. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Russia threatens war with Ukraine — again," 29 Nov. 2018 The rift soon widened to broader cultural and political issues separating Northern Ireland's British unionists and Irish nationalists, and attempts to restore the government have stalled. Fox News, "Protests planned as N Ireland matches no-government record," 28 Aug. 2018 The rift started after past racist comments from Jeffree resurfaced (although fans later revealed that Laura, Manny and Gabriel had some skeletons of their own). Teryn Payne, Teen Vogue, "Everything to Know About the Drama Between Jeffree Star, Manny MUA, Gabriel Zamora, and Laura Lee," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Collectively, the two plates are also rifting away from the Arabian Plate, which already separates Africa from the Middle East. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Scientists Explain What That Giant Crack in Kenya's Great Rift Valley Means for Africa," 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, "Would You Ever Carry an Evening *Tote* Bag?," 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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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 \

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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