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cleave

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcleavecleave /kliːv/ verb (past tense cleaved, clove /kləʊv $ kloʊv/ or cleft /kleft/, past participle cleaved, cloven /ˈkləʊvən $ ˈkloʊ-/ or cleft) 🔊 🔊 1 [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]CUT 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]DIFFERENT formal to divide something into two completely separate parts 🔊 the racial problems that still cleave American society3 cleave the air/darkness etc cleave to somebody/something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
cleaveFrozen sea-spray cleaved at their faces.The heavy, cleaving blade was devastating with just one blow.He was kissing Claudia, his body straining against hers, his hands cleaving her bottom.Aenarion rose and smote the daemon mightily, cleaving its head in two and shearing its arm from its body.A hog in a headscarf squealed as she cleaved its skull with her axe.It was his choice, she said, to cleave to the Brownings and he was a hypocrite to say otherwise.Our organization is trying to ease the racial problems that still cleave U.S. society.Other sites are cleaved with much lower efficiency.
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Verb table
cleave
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycleave
he, she, itcleaves
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycleavedcleft
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave cleaved
he, she, ithas cleaved
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad cleaved
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill cleave
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have cleaved
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam cleaving
he, she, itis cleaving
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you, we, theyare cleaving
Past
I, he, she, itwas cleaving
you, we, theywere cleaving
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been cleaving
he, she, ithas been cleaving
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been cleaving
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be cleaving
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been cleaving
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