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

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

External opinions could cause a rift between you and your love, so keep issues strictly between yourselves. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 In recent years, whatever rift there was between Charles Spencer and the royal family has started to heal. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "The Tricky Relationship Between the Royal Family and Their In-laws," 29 July 2018 But persuading Russia to change its strategy in Syria would be hard, and lifting sanctions on Moscow would cause another rift with European allies already bruised by Mr. Trump. Mark Landler, New York Times, "In Meeting With Putin, Experts Fear Trump Will Give More Than He Gets," 28 June 2018 His win could deepen Turkey’s rift with Western allies, who are already concerned by setbacks in democracy and human rights as well as Turkey’s closer ties with Russia. Washington Post, "Turkey’s victorious Erdogan set to assume sweeping powers," 25 June 2018 All of this has caused a rift that has stoked fears of a potential work stoppage when the collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 campaign. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s All-Unemployed Team," 11 Feb. 2019 Odeya Rush as Ellen 'El' Dryver: Willowdean's best friend who also decides to join the pageant, which causes a rift in their friendship. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Netflix's "Dumplin'"," 15 Nov. 2018 The friction led to a rift between Shulkin and White House officials. chicagotribune.com, "How a Koch-backed veterans group gained influence in Trump's Washington," 8 Apr. 2018 Questions surrounding who was responsible for allowing the three-year enforcement lapse has led to a rift between the head of the city's Building Department, Luis Sainz, and his boss, Frank Parra, the city’s Director of Emergency Services. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City councilman finally files plans to correct 5-year-old building violations," 3 Apr. 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 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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