- 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 [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 [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 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. See related entries: Features of roads 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). See related entries: Mathematical terminology
- 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 Word Familydivide verb noundivision noundivisive adjective Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Latin dividere
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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