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verb divide pronunciation in British English /dɪˈvaɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledividing
past tensedivided
past participledivided
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    divide up

    [transitive] to separate people or things into smaller groups or parts
    Divide the pastry 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 film 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 sports field
    divide something from something: The railway divides their family’s land from the plains below.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] maths 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): MPs look 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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