Definition of rive
- nations riven by civil war
road pavement that had been riven by the annual freeze-and-thaw cycle
the bitter disappointment threatened to rive my heart in two
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to divide or split (something) especially in a forceful or violent way
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