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Definition of undivided

1 : not separated into parts or pieces : existing as a single whole : not divided an undivided property
2 : complete or total They listened to the lecture with undivided attention.

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Recent Examples on the Web But the point of going to a basketball game isn’t to stare at the game itself with undivided attention. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder," 31 Aug. 2020 How long must a Black person in our one nation, undivided, be made to feel second rate? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: We've got to do better. It's past time to stop making hatred a sport.," 28 Aug. 2020 Earlier in the hour, the network had the DNC on in a smaller screen, but Trump received Hannity's undivided attention. TheWeek, "Trump's DNC counterprogramming got predictably outlandish," 21 Aug. 2020 Our jobs — which usually require 40 or more hours a week of undivided attention — are just too demanding to try to pile on basic childcare and schooling. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our plan to work and teach from home blew up. Now I’m taking family leave," 21 Aug. 2020 At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, Miguel Arias showed up to every Zoom call in a suit and tie—giving his undivided attention to virtual meetings as city council president of Fresno, Calif. Shan Li, WSJ, "Admit It, You Do Laundry During Work Video Calls," 12 Aug. 2020 However, one of the most powerful, and simple, ways of combating loneliness is communicating and listening to others with our undivided attention and open minds. David H. Xiang, Scientific American, "Using Poetry to Combat Loneliness and Social Isolation," 16 June 2020 The urge to mingle and socialize is strong in the early part of the week, but this might annoy someone who expects your undivided attention. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 5, 2020: Virgo, buy something awesome; Sagittarius, listen to wise guidance," 5 Apr. 2020 Penn State Linebacker Micah Parsons alone makes Penn State worthy of your undivided attention. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus stopped spring football but it cannot stop an updated preseason Top 25," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of undivided

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undivided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undivided. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undivided

: complete or total
: not separated into smaller parts


un·​di·​vid·​ed | \ ˌən-də-ˈvī-dəd \

Kids Definition of undivided

: complete or total I want your undivided attention.



Legal Definition of undivided

: shared with others having an interest in the whole : held jointly, in common, or in indivision with other co-owners each such tenant in common holds an equal undivided share in the title— O. L. Browder et al. each spouse owns a present undivided one-half interest in the community propertyLouisiana Civil Code — compare divided, entire

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