division - definition and synonyms


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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. 3
    [countable/uncountable] maths a calculation in mathematics of how many times a number is contained in a larger number
    See also long division
  3. 4
    [countable/uncountable] a disagreement between people, especially between people who belong to the same group
  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. 6
    [countable] a system in which members of the British Parliament go into one of two separate places in order to vote for or against a particular issue
  6. 7
    [countable/uncountable] biology the process by which the cells in plants and animals divide to form new cells