|Origin:||dividere, from videre 'to separate'|
if something divides, or if you divide it, it separates into two or more parts
separate[intransitive and transitive]
divide something into something
Scientists traditionally divide the oceans into zones.
The book is divided into six sections.
Here, the river divides into three channels.
to keep two areas separate from each other:
keep separatealso divide off [transitive]
The Wall used to divide East and West Berlin.
divide something from something
Only a thin curtain divided her cabin from his.
to separate something into parts and share them between people
sharealso divide up [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.
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'.
to be contained exactly in a number one or more times
8 divides into 64.
to make people disagree so that they form groups with different opinions:
The issue of cloning has sharply divided voters.
to defeat or control people by making them argue with each other instead of opposing you
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.
a deeply divided society
The committee was divided over the proposal.