di|vide1 [ dı`vaıd ] verb ***
▸ 1 separate/be separated
▸ 2 be in between
▸ 3 in mathematics
▸ 4 cause disagreement
▸ 5 separate into two
▸ 6 when cells separate
1. ) divide or divide up transitive to separate people or things into smaller groups or parts:
Divide the dough and roll out one part.
divide something into pairs/groups/parts etc.: Divide the class into three groups.
a ) intransitive to have separate parts or form into separate groups:
divide into: The movie divides into two distinct halves.
b ) transitive to separate something into smaller parts and share the parts between people:
Work out how you would like to divide the money.
divide something between/among someone: After his death his property was divided among his children.
2. ) transitive to keep two or more areas or parts separate:
the wall that divides the playground and the playing field
divide something from something: The railroad divides their family's land from the plains below.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to do a MATHEMATICAL calculation to find out how many times a number contains a smaller number. This is usually shown by the symbol ÷:
divide something by something: Divide 9 by 3.
10 divided by 2 is 5.
divide by: Add 50 to your original number, then divide by six.
4. ) transitive to be the cause of disagreement between people, especially within a group:
a subject that divided the nation
The ruling class was divided by internal conflicts.
a ) intransitive to disagree and form smaller groups:
divide along party/religious/ethnic etc. lines (=according to your political party, religion, race, etc.): The Senate looks certain to divide along party lines.
5. ) intransitive if a road divides, it separates into two roads: FORK:
When the road divides, take the left-hand route.
6. ) intransitive if a cell in a plant or animal divides, it separates into two cells so that a new cell is formed
divide and conquer
to keep control over people who might oppose you, by encouraging disagreement or fighting among them:
The empire was maintained through a strategy of divide and conquer.
di`vide into phrasal verb transitive
divide something into something to do a MATHEMATICAL calculation to find out how many times a smaller number will fit into a larger number:
Divide 3 into 9.
di,vide `off phrasal verb transitive
to keep one area separate from another:
the fence that divided off the women's section
di,vide `up phrasal verb
1. ) transitive same as DIVIDE1 1:
divide up into: Divide the children up into groups of four.
a secret Soviet-German pact for dividing up Europe in 1940
2. ) intransitive same as DIVIDE1 1A:
divide up into: Let's divide up into groups now.
3. ) transitive same as DIVIDE1 1B:
The money will be divided up among five different charities.
di|vide 2 [ dı`vaıd ] noun count
1. ) usually singular an important difference or disagreement between two people or groups:
The ideological divide between them has deepened.
a racial/cultural/political divide
divide between: There's a clear divide between the two parties on the issue of taxation.
2. ) AMERICAN an area of high ground that separates the areas from which water runs into two different rivers or oceans

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • divide — (v.) early 14c., from L. dividere to force apart, cleave, distribute, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + videre to separate, from PIE root *weidh to separate (see WIDOW (Cf. widow); also see WITH (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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