Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin divisio, from dividere; DIVIDE1


di‧vi‧sion S3 W1


[uncountable and countable] the act of separating something into two or more different parts, or the way these parts are separated or shared
division of something between/among/into something
the division of words into syllables
the traditional division of labour (=the way that particular tasks are shared) between husband and wife


[uncountable and countable] disagreement among the members of a group that makes them form smaller opposing groups
division between/within/among something
Can he heal the deep divisions among Republican ranks?
racial/class/gender etc division
The old class divisions had begun to break down.
The Army was plagued by internal divisions.


[uncountable]HMN the process of finding out how many times one number is contained in another [↪ multiplication, long division]

part of an organization

[countable]BBC a group that does a particular job within a large organization:
the Computer Services Division


[countable]PMA a large military group:
a tank division


[countable]DS one of the groups of teams that a sports competition is divided into, often based on the number of games they have won

in parliament

[countable]PGP a process in which members of the British parliament vote for something by dividing into groups:
MPs forced a division on the bill.
Some members supported the opposition in the division lobbies (=the rooms where the vote takes place).

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