Synonyms and Antonyms of division

  1. 1 something that divides, separates, or marks off we poked our heads over the division between the yards to see what the fuss was about Synonyms of division divider, partition, separation, separator Words Related to division barrier, fence, wall; border, boundary, limit

  2. 2 a large unit of a governmental, business, or educational organization the complaints division handled all of the calls from the angry townsfolk Synonyms of division agency, arm, branch, bureau, department, desk, office, service Words Related to division subdepartment, subdivision

  3. 3 one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic one of the major divisions of birds Synonyms of division bracket, category, classification, class, family, genus, grade, group, kind, league, order, rank(s), rubric, set, species, tier, typeWords Related to division description, feather, ilk, kidney, like, manner, nature, sort; branch, section, speciality, specialty, subclass, subdivision, subgroup, subspecies, variety; breed, race; generation; heading, label, title

  4. 4 the act or process of a whole separating into two or more parts or pieces the assembly line was a major development in the division of labor among workers Synonyms of division bifurcation, breakup, cleavage, dissolution, disunion, separation, fractionalization, fractionation, partition, schism, scission, split, sunderingWords Related to division breach, rupture; divorce, severance; decomposition, disassembly, dismemberment, segmentation, subdivision; atomization, dichotomization, polarization; diffusion, dispersal, dispersion, scattering; administration, apportionment, distribution; isolation, seclusion, segregation, sequestrationNear Antonyms of division assemblage, association; attachment, conjunction, connection, link, linkage, linkup; aggregation, combination, consolidation, fusionAntonyms of division unification, union

  5. 5 the act or process of giving out something to each member of a group the person in charge of the division of the profits among the business partners Synonyms of division admeasurement, allocation, allotment, apportionment, disbursement, dispensation, distribution, issuanceWords Related to division reallocation, reapportionment, redistribution, redivision, repartition; distribution, partition, separation

  6. 6 a lack of agreement or harmony that church has been racked by division for some time now, and a split into two denominations seems unavoidable Synonyms of division conflict, disaccord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, dissension (also dissention), dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, discord, friction, infighting, inharmony, schism, strife, variance, war, warfareWords Related to division clash, collision, competition, contention; altercation, argument, bicker, brawl, debate, disagreement, dispute, divide, fissure; falling-out, fight, hassle, jar, miff, mix-up, quarrel, row, run-in, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle; incompatibility, incongruence, incongruity, incongruousness, inconsistence, inconsistency, inconsonance, inharmoniousness; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, cold war, enmity, hostility, ill will, rancorNear Antonyms of division concurrence, cooperationAntonyms of division accord, agreement, concord, concordance, harmony, peace

Synonym Discussion of division

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required.
    • they ran only part of the way
portion implies an assigned or allotted part.
    • cut the pie into six portions
piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole.
    • a puzzle with 500 pieces
member suggests one of the functional units composing a body.
    • a structural member
division applies to a large or diversified part.
    • the manufacturing division of the company
section applies to a relatively small or uniform part.
    • the entertainment section of the newspaper
segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage.
    • the retired segment of the population
fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off.
    • only a fragment of the play still exists

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