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



    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪd//
    [usually singular]
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  1. 1a difference between two groups of people that separates them from each other the North/South divide divide between A and B the divide between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland
  2. between rivers
  3. 2(especially North American English) a line of high land that separates two systems of rivers synonym watershed
  4. 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 The leader’s speech aimed to close the embarrassing divide in party ranks. a divide separating those who have access to computers and those who don’t a style which straddles the divide between classic and modern advice on bridging cultural divides attempts to address the racial divide in this country policies which have widened the divide between rich and poor the digital divide between people with access to technology and those withoutIdioms
    bridge the gap/gulf/divide (between A and B)
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    to reduce or get rid of the differences that exist between two things or groups of people
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: divide