divorcedi‧vorce1 /dəˈvɔːs $ -ɔːrs/ ●●●S2W2 noun1[countable, uncountable]SSFSCL the legal ending of a marriage → separationWhy doesn’t she get a divorce?One in three marriages ends in divorce.file/sue/petition for divorce (=start the legal divorce process)His wife has started divorce proceedings.the rise in the divorce rateShe received the house as part of the divorce settlement (=the amount of money, property etc each person receives in a divorce case).The Act extended the grounds (=legal reasons) for divorce.2[countable usually singular] formalSEPARATE the fact of separating two related thingsdivorce betweenthe divorce between theory and methodCOLLOCATIONSverbsget a divorce (=end your marriage)Their marriage had never been happy and in the end they got a divorce.go through a divorce (=experience getting a divorce)I was going through a divorce and it was a very painful time.want a divorceShe told him she wanted a divorce.ask (somebody) for a divorceShe asked her husband for a divorce after he had been unfaithful.a marriage ends in divorceFive years later, their marriage ended in divorce.file for divorce (also petition for divorce formal) (=start the legal divorce process)The next day I saw a lawyer and filed for a divorce.adjectivesa bitter divorce (=involving very angry feelings)After a long and bitter divorce, Wendy was looking forward to starting a new life.a messy divorce (=complicated and unpleasant to deal with)She wanted to avoid a messy divorce .a painful divorce (=causing a lot of sadness)I have been through a painful divorce, and know what it feels like.divorce + NOUNthe divorce rate (=the number of people who get a divorce)The country has a high divorce rate.divorce proceedings (=the legal processes of getting a divorce)His first marriage was unsuccessful and led to long divorce proceedings.a divorce settlement (=the amount of money, property etc each person gets in a divorce)She received a $10 million divorce settlement from her first husband.a divorce case (=a legal case dealing with a divorce)It was the biggest divorce case that an English court has dealt with.a divorce lawyer/court (=one dealing with divorce)She's a famous New York divorce lawyer.divorce papers (=documents concerning a divorce)My husband refused to sign the divorce papers.phrasesgrounds for divorce (=acceptable reasons for divorce, according to the law)Violence and neglect are grounds for divorce.
divorcedivorce2 ●●●S2W3 verb1[intransitive, transitive]SSFSCL if someone divorces their husband or wife, or if two people divorce, they legally end their marriage → separateDavid’s parents divorced when he was six.My father threatened to divorce her.2[transitive] formalSEPARATE to separate two ideas, subjects etc completelydivorce something from somethingIt is difficult to divorce sport from politics.3[transitive] to stop being involved in an activity, organization, situation etcdivorce yourself from somethingOur society has divorced itself from religion.THESAURUSdivorce to legally end your marriageAfter seven years, they decided to divorce.She divorced him six months after they were married.separate to start to live apart from your husband or wife because of problems in your marriageThey argued all the time and in the end agreed to separate.She separated from her husband and moved to a flat in London.split up/break up to end a marriage or a romanticrelationshipWhen Andy was nine, his parents split up.He's just broken up with his girlfriend.leave somebody to stop living with your husband, wife, or partner, often because you are having a relationship with someone elseHer husband left her for a younger woman after 27 years of marriage.Dan's left me.GRAMMAR: Reciprocal verbsDivorce is a reciprocal verb. This type of verb is used when saying that two or more people or things do something that involves both or all of them: Her mother and father divorced. You can also say: Her mother divorced her father.Her father divorced her mother. This suggests it was mainly the decision of one person to end the marriage.→ See Verb table
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divorce• You see, she was four monthspregnant when they divorced.• But when he was eight or nine, Margo and her husband divorced.• Griffiths too had been married and divorced.• The coupledivorced after Lott went off to college.• We divorced after six years of marriage.• I think he may have wanted to divorce her, but it never got to that point.• Maybe her husband, who had divorced her?• She's afraid of what her husband might do if she tries to divorce him.• He kept promising her that he would divorce his wife, but he never actually did it.• Finally, after years of unhappy marriage, Eva divorced Stanley.• I always say though, that you know, you divorce them.• Petra's parentsdivorced when she was about seven years old.divorce something from something• Carlin says he divorces philosophy from his religion.divorce yourself from something• You can't divorce yourself from the agenda, remit or personalities of the organisations and individuals with the money.• Man and algae sealed in the capsuledivorced themselves from the widenetwoven by the rest of life.• Internalprison reformers can not divorce themselves from these issues, however sensitive they might be.