Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: dividere, from videre 'to separate'


1 verb
Related topics: Numbers, Groupings
di‧vide1 S1 W2


[intransitive and transitive] if something divides, or if you divide it, it separates into two or more parts
divide something into something
Scientists traditionally divide the oceans into zones.
The book is divided into six sections.
divide into
Here, the river divides into three channels.

keep separate

also divide off [transitive] to keep two areas separate from each other:
The Wall used to divide East and West Berlin.
divide something from something
Only a thin curtain divided her cabin from his.


also divide up [transitive] to separate something into parts and share them between people

spend time/energy

[transitive] if you divide your time, energy etc between different activities or places, you spend part of your time doing each activity or in each place
divide something between something/somebody
She divides her time between New York and Paris.


a) [transitive]HMN to calculate how many times one number contains a smaller number [↪ multiply]
divide something by something
If you divide 21 by 3, you get 7.
'What's six divided by three?' 'Two'.
b) [intransitive]HMN to be contained exactly in a number one or more times
divide into
8 divides into 64.


[transitive]PPG to make people disagree so that they form groups with different opinions:
The issue of cloning has sharply divided voters.

divide and rule/conquer

PGPPG to defeat or control people by making them argue with each other instead of opposing you

divided loyalties

a feeling you have when two people you like have argued and you are not sure which person you should support:
Divorce is an agony of divided loyalties for children.
divided adjective:
The committee was divided over the proposal.

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