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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)

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.

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."