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noun division pronunciation in British English /dɪˈvɪʒ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the process of separating people or things into smaller groups or parts
    division of: Civil war eventually led to a permanent division of the country.
    division of something into something: Many parents opposed the division of the classes into different sets.
    1. a.
      the process of separating something into smaller parts and sharing it among two or more people
      division of: the division of the land after the previous owner died
      division of something between/among someone: a fair division of responsibilities among the members of the committee
  2. 2
    [countable] one of the parts into which a large organization is divided
    the company’s electronics division
    1. b.
      one of the groups of football teams in a league
      Premier/First/Second etc Division: They were promoted to the First Division last year.
  3. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a disagreement between people, especially between people who belong to the same group
    The argument revealed deep divisions in the ranks of the Party.
  4. 5
    [countable] a difference in the way that people within the same community or country live, how much money they have, how educated they are etc
    the growing division between rich and poor
  5. 7
    [countable/uncountable] biology the process by which the cells in plants and animals divide to form new cells
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