Date: | 1300-1400 |

Language: | Latin |

Origin: | dividere, from videre 'to separate' |

1## separate

[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.

2## keep separate

also divide off [transitive] to keep two areas separate from each other :

The Wall used to divide East and West Berlin.

3## share

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

4## 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

5## mathematics

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.

6## disagree

[transitive]PPG to make people disagree so that they form groups with different opinions :

7## divide and rule/conquer

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

8## 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.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

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