Definition of "divide" []

  • To separate into parts, sections, groups, or branches: divided the students into four groups. See Synonyms at separate. (verb-transitive)
  • To sector into units of measurement; graduate: The ruler was divided into metric units. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate and group according to kind; classify: divided the plants by genus. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to separate into opposing factions; disunite: "They want not to divide either the Revolution or the Church but to be an integral part of both” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien). (verb-transitive)
  • To cause (members of a parliament) to vote by separating into groups, as pro and con. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate or be separated into parts or groups; split up; part (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To share or be shared out in parts; distribute (verb)
  • To diverge or cause to diverge in opinion or aim (verb)
  • To keep apart or be a boundary between (verb)
  • (in Parliament and similar legislatures) to vote by separating into two groups (verb)
  • To categorize; classify (verb)
  • To calculate the quotient of (one number or quantity) and (another number or quantity) by division (verb)
  • To diverge (verb)
  • To mark increments of (length, angle, etc) as by use of an engraving machine (verb)
  • An area of relatively high ground separating drainage basins; watershed (noun)
  • A division; split (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "divide" in a sentence
  • "In reality the divide is a relatively recent development, perhaps set in stone in perceptions by moments of mutual cultural hostility between Europe and America."
  • "I wish there was a "new wave of change" but I fear that the divide is the same problem we see in the Middle East."
  • "I understand your concern but it seems to me that the main factor driving this divide is the limited supply of dense, walkable, green neighborhoods for people to live in."