|Origin:||cleofan. cleave to Old English clifian|
cleave past tense cleaved, clove, or cleft, past participle cleaved, cloven or cleft
1 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] literary
to cut something into separate parts using a heavy tool, or to be able to be cut in this way:
The wooden door had been cleft in two.
2 [transitive] formal
to divide something into two completely separate parts:
the racial problems that still cleave American society
to move quickly through the air etc:
His fist cleft the air.
cleave to somebody/somethingphrasal verb
to continue to think that a method, belief, person etc is true or valuable, even when this seems unlikely:
John still cleaves to his romantic ideals.
to stick to someone or something, or seem to surround them