divide - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participledividing
past tensedivided
past participledivided
  1. 1



    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
    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.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] biology if a cell in a plant or animal divides, it separates into two cells so that a new cell is formed