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verb American English pronunciation: divide /dɪˈvaɪd/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydivide
he/she/itdivides
present participledividing
past tensedivided
past participledivided
 
  1. 1

    divide

    or

    divide up

    [transitive] to separate people or things into smaller groups or parts

    Divide the dough and roll out one part.

    divide something into pairs/groups/parts etc.:

    Divide the class into three groups.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to have separate parts, or to form into separate groups
      divide into:

      The movie divides into two distinct halves.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to separate something into smaller parts and share the parts between people

      Work out how you would like to divide the money.

      divide something between/among someone:

      After his death his property was divided among his children.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to keep two or more areas or parts separate

    the wall that divides the playground and the playing field

    divide something from something:

    The railroad divides their family's land from the plains below.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] math to do a mathematical calculation to find out how many times a number contains a smaller number. This is usually shown by the symbol ÷
    divide something by something:

    Divide 9 by 3.

    10 divided by 2 is 5.

    divide by:

    Add 50 to your original number, then divide by six.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to be the cause of disagreement between people, especially within a group

    a subject that divided the nation

    The ruling class was divided by internal conflicts.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to disagree and form smaller groups
      divide along party/religious/ethnic etc. lines (=according to your political party, religion, race, etc.):

      The Senate looks certain to divide along party lines.

    See also  divided
  5. 5
    [intransitive] if a road divides, it separates into two roads

    When the road divides, take the left-hand route.

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