Definition of divorce noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈvɔːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvɔːrs//
    Legal processes, Separation
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the legal ending of a marriage The marriage ended in divorce in 1996. an increase in the divorce rate (= the number of divorces in a year) They have agreed to get a divorce. Divorce proceedings (= the legal process of divorce) started today. Bella wants a divorce. He remarried after a divorce from his first wife, Kate. She told him she was filing for divorce. CollocationsMarriage and divorceRomance fall/​be (madly/​deeply/​hopelessly) in love (with somebody) be/​believe in/​fall in love at first sight be/​find true love/​the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/​pangs of) unrequited love have/​feel/​show/​express great/​deep/​genuine affection for somebody/​something meet/​marry your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have/​go on a (blind) date be going out with/(especially North American English) dating a guy/​girl/​boy/​man/​woman move in with/​live with your boyfriend/​girlfriend/​partnerWeddings get/​be engaged/​married/​divorced arrange/​plan a wedding have a big wedding/​a honeymoon/​a happy marriage have/​enter into an arranged marriage call off/​cancel/​postpone your wedding invite somebody to/​go to/​attend a wedding/​a wedding ceremony/​a wedding reception conduct/​perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/​wedding vows/​marriage vows congratulate/​toast/​raise a glass to the happy couple be/​go on honeymoon (with your wife/​husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversarySeparation and divorce be unfaithful to/(informal) cheat on your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/​end an engagement/​a relationship break up with/​split up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/​girlfriend separate from/​be separated from/​leave/​divorce your husband/​wife annul/​dissolve a marriage apply for/​ask for/​go through/​get a divorce get/​gain/​be awarded/​have/​lose custody of the children pay alimony/​child support (to your ex-wife/​husband) compare separation See related entries: Legal processes, Separation
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] (formal) divorce (between A and B) a separation; the ending of a relationship between two things the divorce between religion and science
  3. Extra examples He cited adultery as grounds for divorce. He hasn’t signed the divorce papers yet. He is waiting for the divorce to come through before he remarries. He told her that he was married but getting a divorce. Neither partner had considered divorce. Once the divorce is finalized, I plan to move to Bermuda. Over 50 000 divorces were granted last year. Parental divorce can have lasting negative consequences for children. She filed for divorce in 1996. She is seeking a divorce on the grounds of cruelty. She watched her parents go through an acrimonious divorce. The church may disapprove but Catholics can and do obtain civil divorces. The divorce rate has been growing steadily since 1971. The majority of divorces are initiated by women. These days divorce is rarely contested. her divorce from the pop star the lawyers handling their divorce The marriage ended in divorce. They have agreed to get a divorce.
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