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

 

bifurcate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbaɪfəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪfərkeɪt//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bifurcate
BrE BrE//ˈbaɪfəkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪfərkeɪt//
 
he / she / it bifurcates
BrE BrE//ˈbaɪfəkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪfərkeɪts//
 
past simple bifurcated
BrE BrE//ˈbaɪfəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪfərkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle bifurcated
BrE BrE//ˈbaɪfəkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪfərkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form bifurcating
BrE BrE//ˈbaɪfəkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪfərkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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(of roads, rivers, etc.) to divide into two separate parts Word Origin early 17th cent.: from medieval Latin bifurcat- ‘divided into two forks’, from the verb bifurcare, from Latin bifurcus ‘two-forked’, from bi- ‘having two’ + furca ‘a fork’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bifurcate