|Origin:||Latin divertere 'to divert, leave one's husband'|
1 [uncountable and countable]SSFSCL
the legal ending of a marriage [↪ separation]:
Why 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 rate
She 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] formal
the fact of separating two related things
the divorce between theory and method