Definition of "divorce" []

  • The legal dissolution of a marriage. (noun)
  • A complete or radical severance of closely connected things. (noun)
  • To dissolve the marriage bond between. (verb-transitive)
  • To end marriage with (one's spouse) by way of legal divorce. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut off; separate or disunite: an idea that was completely divorced from reality. See Synonyms at separate. (verb-transitive)
  • The dissolution of a marriage by judgment of a court or by accepted custom (noun)

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.

  • A judicial decree declaring a marriage to be dissolved (noun)
  • A separation, esp one that is total or complete (noun)
  • To separate or be separated by divorce; give or obtain a divorce (to a couple or from one's spouse) (verb)
  • To remove or separate, esp completely (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "divorce" in a sentence
  • "Well, from what I have read on studies of divorce is that some 60% of marriages end in divorce and mostly because of financial issues."
  • "Does that mean that the well-known and often-quoted statistic of 50% of all marriages end in divorce is no longer true?"
  • "She had hoped, she realized, as she walked down the lawn, breathing in the brisk fall air, that simply calling a lawyer, simply speaking the word divorce out loud, would be enough to cause some kind of transformation to take place."