What does divide mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dividenoun

    a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)

  2. watershed, water parting, divideverb

    a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

  3. divide, split, split up, separate, dissever, carve upverb

    separate into parts or portions

    "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"

  4. divide, fractionverb

    perform a division

    "Can you divide 49 by seven?"

  5. separate, divideverb

    act as a barrier between; stand between

    "The mountain range divides the two countries"

  6. separate, divide, partverb

    come apart

    "The two pieces that we had glued separated"

  7. separate, divideverb

    make a division or separation

  8. separate, disunite, divide, partverb

    force, take, or pull apart

    "He separated the fighting children"; "Moses parted the Red Sea"


  1. Dividenoun

    A dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; also called watershed and water parting. A divide on either side of which the waters drain into two different oceans is called a continental divide.


  1. dividenoun

    A thing that divides.

    Stay on your side of the divide, please.

  2. dividenoun

    An act of dividing.

    The divide left most of the good land on my share of the property.

  3. dividenoun

    A distancing between two people or things.

    There is a great divide between us.

  4. dividenoun

    A large chasm, gorge, or ravine between two areas of land.

    If you're heading to the coast, you'll have to cross the divide first.

  5. divideverb

    To split or separate (something) into two or more parts.

  6. divideverb

    To share (something) by dividing it.

    How shall we divide this pie?

  7. divideverb

    To calculate the number (the quotient) by which you must multiply one given number (the divisor) to produce a second given number (the dividend).

    If you divide 6 by 3, you get 2.

  8. divideverb

    To separate into two or more parts.

  9. divideverb

    Of a cell, to reproduce by dividing.

  10. Etymology: From divido

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DIVIDEverb

    Etymology: divido, Latin.

    Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. 1 Kings iii. 25.

    Let old Timotheus yield the prize,
    Or both divide the crown;
    He rais’d a mortal to the skies,
    She drew an angel down. John Dryden, St. Cecilia.

    They were divided into little, independent societies, speaking different languages. John Locke.

    Let there be firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the water. Gen. i.

    You must go
    Where seas, and winds, and desarts will divide you. Dryd.

    There shall five in one house be divided. Luke xii.

    Then in the midst a tearing groan did break
    The name of Anthony: it was divided
    Between her heart and lips. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

    Divide the prey into two parts, between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation. Num xxxi. 27.

    Cham and Japhet were heads and princes over their families, and had a right to divide the earth by families. John Locke.

  2. To Divideverb

    To part; to sunder; to break friendship.

    Love cools, friendship falls off,
    Brothers divide. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Divideverb

    to part asunder (a whole); to sever into two or more parts or pieces; to sunder; to separate into parts

  2. Divideverb

    to cause to be separate; to keep apart by a partition, or by an imaginary line or limit; as, a wall divides two houses; a stream divides the towns

  3. Divideverb

    to make partition of among a number; to apportion, as profits of stock among proprietors; to give in shares; to distribute; to mete out; to share

  4. Divideverb

    to disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance

  5. Divideverb

    to separate into two parts, in order to ascertain the votes for and against a measure; as, to divide a legislative house upon a question

  6. Divideverb

    to subject to arithmetical division

  7. Divideverb

    to separate into species; -- said of a genus or generic term

  8. Divideverb

    to mark divisions on; to graduate; as, to divide a sextant

  9. Divideverb

    to play or sing in a florid style, or with variations

  10. Divideverb

    to be separated; to part; to open; to go asunder

  11. Divideverb

    to cause separation; to disunite

  12. Divideverb

    to break friendship; to fall out

  13. Divideverb

    to have a share; to partake

  14. Divideverb

    to vote, as in the British Parliament, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes

  15. Dividenoun

    a dividing ridge of land between the tributaries of two streams; a watershed


  1. Divide

    Divide is a census-designated place and a U.S. Post Office in Teller County, Colorado, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 127. Divide sits on the north slope of Pikes Peak on U.S. Highway 24. Ute Pass is immediately west of town. The Divide Post Office has the ZIP Code 80814. There are multiple gas stations near the highway for travelers, a small grocery store, post office, Summit Elementary, and multiple churches. Divide is also the home of the Teller County Sheriff's office off of Hwy 24. Teller County has a jail behind the Sheriff's office as well, infamous for holding the 'Texas Seven' back in early 2000. Divide is a growing, planned community. Divide is planned in three areas: the town center, rural residential land parcels, and larger rural land parcels.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Divide

    di-vīd′, v.t. to part asunder: to part among, to allot, &c.: to set at variance: to separate into two parts (as in voting).—v.i. to part or open: to break friendship: to vote by separating into two bodies.—n. (coll.) the act of dividing: (esp. in U.S.) a watershed.—adj. Divid′able (rare), divisible: (Shak.) divided.—adv. Divid′edly.—n. Divid′er, that which divides: a kind of compasses for dividing lines, &c.—adj. Divid′ing, separating.—n. separation.—n. Divid′ing-en′gine, an instrument for graduating the scales of scientific apparatus.—adjs. Divid′ual (Milt.), shared in common with others; Divid′uous, special, accidental. [L. dividĕre, divisumdis, asunder, root vid, to separate.]

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'divide' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2905

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'divide' in Verbs Frequency: #341

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of divide in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of divide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of divide in a Sentence

  1. Peter Ustinov:

    Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.

  2. Pete Buttigieg:

    The racial divide lives within me.

  3. Alfonso Cuaron:

    To see a film about an indigenous domestic worker embraced this way in an age when fear and anger propose to divide us means the world to me, reverting back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything.

  4. Jude Whyte:

    Society is anything but normal here, (We have) walls that divide white English speaking Christians from each other. You could live your whole life in Belfast and never meet a Protestant, ever.

  5. Patrick Murray:

    The folks that are in the middle, the moderate folks, the White college-educated women living in the suburbs, are looking at what is happening realistically. They're looking at what is happening in their own neighborhoods, whether it's Covid or whether it's the marches in support of Black Lives Matter among their own White neighbors and saying( Donald Trump message) does not comport with how I see the world, and Donald Trump is just trying to divide us, and I think that just builds on top of it.

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. gauge
    • B. empire
    • C. vehicle
    • D. permutation

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