\ ˈrīv How to pronounce rive (audio) \
rived\ ˈrīvd How to pronounce rive (audio) \; riven\ ˈri-​vən How to pronounce rive (audio) \ also rived; riving\ ˈrī-​viŋ How to pronounce rive (audio) \; rives

Definition of rive

transitive verb

1a : to wrench open or tear apart or to pieces : rend
b : to split with force or violence
2a : to divide into pieces or fractions an organization being riven by controversy
b : fracture

intransitive verb

: to become split : crack

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tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive mean to separate forcibly. tear implies pulling apart by force and leaving jagged edges. tear up the letter rip implies a pulling apart in one rapid uninterrupted motion often along a line or joint. ripped the shirt on a nail rend implies very violent or ruthless severing or sundering. an angry mob rent the prisoner's clothes split implies a cutting or breaking apart in a continuous, straight, and usually lengthwise direction or in the direction of grain or layers. split logs for firewood cleave implies very forceful splitting or cutting with a blow. a bolt of lightning cleaved the giant oak rive occurs most often in figurative use. a political party riven by conflict

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road pavement that had been riven by the annual freeze-and-thaw cycle the bitter disappointment threatened to rive my heart in two
Recent Examples on the Web Just in time America is riven politically, and tensions have erupted this week with the awful death of a black man in Minnesota, George Floyd. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX successfully launches two humans into orbit [Updated]," 30 May 2020 And new attention will be paid to the class divisions that have riven American society. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders’s Gift to the Democratic Party," 8 Apr. 2020 News reports this autumn detailed her disorganised, riven and functionally leaderless campaign, beset by internal rivalries and fund-raising woes. The Economist, "Kamala Harris ends her campaign for the Democratic nomination," 4 Dec. 2019 After more than three decades without baseball, the Montreal Expos moved to Washington in 2005 rebranded as the Nationals, becoming perhaps the only bipartisan agreement in a capital rived by tribalism as Republicans and Democrats flocked to games. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Missing From Friday’s World Series Lineup in Washington: The President," 24 Oct. 2019 The divisions in the states riven by civil war are ethnic, denominational, interreligious, geographical, tribal, and ideological. New York Times, "‘The Arab Winter,’ by Noah Feldman: An Excerpt," 12 May 2020 The strong bipartisan vote showed a rare level of unity in a Washington riven by partisan divides with a backdrop of a bitter fight for the Senate and the White House this fall. Laura Litvan, Bloomberg.com, "Senate Working at ‘Warp Speed’ to Finish Drafting Stimulus Today," 5 May 2020 Procuring goods for refugees has never been easy, particularly in areas riven by conflict. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Refugees are suffering from a “catastrophic” worldwide aid shortage," 4 May 2020 The White House, which has been riven internally about how to handle impeachment proceedings, with no one clearly in charge, did not have any senior officials making the case to defend Trump on Sunday. BostonGlobe.com, "It was not clear whether the new whistle-blower would file a formal complaint. Zaid said the second whistle-blower’s act of coming forward to the intelligence community inspector general had already secured whistle-blower protections.," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of rive

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

History and Etymology for rive

Middle English, from Old Norse rīfa; akin to Greek ereipein to tear down

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“Rive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rive. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rive

formal : to divide or split (something) especially in a forceful or violent way

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