I UK [dɪˈvaɪd] / US verb
Word forms "divide":
present tense I/you/we/they divide he/she/it divides present participle dividing past tense divided past participle divided
1) divide or diˌvide ˈup
[transitive] to separate people or things into smaller groups or parts

Divide the pastry 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 to form into separate groups
divide into:

The film 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 sports field

divide something from something:

The railway divides their family's land from the plains below.

3) [intransitive/transitive] maths 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.

a) [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.

b) [intransitive] to disagree and form smaller groups
divide along party/religious/ethnic etc lines (= according to your political party, religion, race etc):

MPs look certain to divide along party lines.

5) [intransitive] if a road divides, it separates into two roads

When the road divides, take the left-hand route.

6) [intransitive] biology if a cell in a plant or animal divides, it separates into two cells so that a new cell is formed
Phrasal verbs:
II UK [dɪˈvaɪd] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "divide":
singular divide plural divides
1) [usually singular] an important difference or disagreement between two people or groups

the North-South divide (= political and economic differences between areas in the north and south)

divide between:

There's a clear divide between the two parties on the issue of taxation.

2) American a watershed

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Divide — Di*vide , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Divided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dividing}.] [L. dividere, divisum; di = dis + root signifying to part; cf. Skr. vyadh to pierce; perh. akin to L. vidua widow, and E. widow. Cf. {Device}, {Devise}.] 1. To part asunder (a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Divide — Di*vide , n. A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; also called {watershed} and {water parting}. A divide on either side of which the waters drain into two different oceans is called a {continental divide}. [1913 Webster …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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