- 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.
- 2 [transitive] to separate something into parts and give a share to each of a number of different people, etc. synonym share divide something (up) Jack divided up the rest of the cash. divide something (up) between/among somebody We divided the work between us.
- 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[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 [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 (off) A fence divides off the western side of the grounds. The English Channel divides England from France.
- 6[intransitive] (of a road) to separate into two parts that lead in different directions Where the path divides, keep right. cause disagreement
- 7[transitive] divide somebody/something to make two or more people disagree synonym split The issue has divided the government. mathematics
- 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).
- 9[intransitive, transitive] divide (something) into something to be able to be multiplied to give another number 5 divides into 30 6 times. Word Familydivide verb noundivision noundivisive adjectiveIdioms
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NAmE//dəˈvaɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they divide
he / she / it divides
past simple divided
-ing form dividing
to gain or 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
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