Definition of divide verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they divide
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪd//
    he / she / it divides
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪdz//
    past simple divided
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪdɪd//
    past participle divided
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪdɪd//
    -ing form dividing
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪdɪŋ//
    Features of roads, Cell biology, Mathematical terminology
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to separate or make something separate into parts synonym split up divide (up) (into something) The cells began to divide rapidly. divide something (up) (into something) A sentence can be divided up into meaningful segments. See related entries: Cell biology
  2. 2  [transitive] to separate something into parts and give a share to each of a number of different people, etc. synonym share (2) divide something (up/out) Jack divided up the rest of the cash. divide something (up/out) between/among somebody We divided the work between us.
  3. 3  [transitive] divide something (between A and B) to use different parts of your time, energy, etc. for different activities, etc. He divides his energies between politics and business.
  4. 4  [transitive] divide A from B (formal) to separate two people or things Can it ever be right to divide a mother from her child?
  5. 5[transitive] divide something (off) | divide A from B to be the real or imaginary line or barrier that separates two people or things synonym separate A fence divides off the western side of the grounds. The English Channel divides England from France.
  6. 6  [intransitive] (of a road) to separate into two parts that lead in different directions Where the path divides, keep right. See related entries: Features of roads
  7. cause disagreement
  8. 7  [transitive] divide somebody/something to make two or more people disagree synonym split The issue has divided the government.
  9. mathematics
  10. 8   [transitive, intransitive] divide (something) by something to find out how many times one number is contained in another 30 divided by 6 is 5 (= 30 ÷ 6 = 5). See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  11. 9 [intransitive, transitive] divide (something) into something to be able to be multiplied to give another number 5 divides into 30 6 times. See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  12. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): from Latin dividere ‘force apart, remove’. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.Word Familydivide verb noundivision noundivisive adjectiveExtra examples Board members were deeply divided on the issue. Railway enthusiasts divide neatly into two groups. The children divided into three teams. The country is divided up into nine regions. The fragile peace has deteriorated in this ethnically divided city. The money was divided equally among his sons. They divided their time between London and Boston. They were randomly divided into three groups. This issue has bitterly divided the community. This report is divided broadly into two parts. the mountains which divide Europe from Asia the point where the river divides in two A low wall divides the patio from the rest of the garden. Britain is divided from the rest of Europe by the English Channel. First, divide the class into two groups. Jen divided up the rest of the cash. The city was divided into four sectors. The government is divided on the question of tax cuts. The landowners were divided from the mass of poor peasants who lived in the surrounding area. The story is about a father who divides his property among his sons. They divide their time between New York and their ranch in New Mexico.Idioms to keep control over people by making them disagree with and fight each other, therefore not giving them the chance to unite and oppose you together a policy of divide and rule
    split/divide something down the middle
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    to divide something into two equal parts The country was split down the middle over the strike (= half supported it, half did not).
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