Definition of rive
rivenplay \ˈri-vən\ also
Examples of rive in a Sentence
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 of rive from the Web
The topography is riven with canyons, ravines and gullies, interrupted by striated buttes, hunkered beneath the cloudless sky like silent messengers from the past.
Wars and explosive ethnic rivalries have riven Congo for decades, reaching a peak in the 1990s and 2000s when conflict in neighboring Rwanda spilled across the border.
It is riven by social fissures and discord over immigration.
Russo thinks that’s a good thing and perhaps could help bind a country riven by partisanship.
While IHS Automotive was predicting overall sales would be down just 100,000 units from the 2016 record of 17.5 million vehicles, others have begun riving their forecasts downward.
At a time when politics have riven the nation, an old-fashioned, wholesome shelter show is something many can agree on.
In an administration riven by staff bickering and internal disputes, President Trump’s senior military appointees are taking a leading role and acting as a restraining influence.
Two sides, relatively close on most policy points, but riven by personality and personal grievance.
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Origin and Etymology of rive
Middle English, from Old Norse rīfa; akin to Greek ereipein to tear down
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of rive
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Definition of rive for English Language Learners
: to divide or split (something) especially in a forceful or violent way
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