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verb split pronunciation in American English /splɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesplitting
past tensesplit
past participlesplit
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    split up

    [intransitive/transitive] to divide into smaller groups, or to divide people into smaller groups
    Let’s split into groups and work separately.
    Many American families are split by large geographical distances.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to divide or break something into several parts, or to be divided or broken into several parts
      Just split the cake into three and leave one piece for Simon.
      The lower section splits into three parts.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to share something by dividing it into separate parts
      I split my working hours between three offices.
      I suggest we split the bill (=divide it into equal amounts).
      split something between/among someone: The Republican vote was split fairly evenly among four candidates.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a long thin cut or break in something
    How did you split your pants?
    One of the boxes fell and split open.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a long thin cut in your skin
      She fell and split her lip.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to separate from a group or organization
    1979 was the year they split from the party.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal old-fashioned to leave a place
    It’s getting late – I’ll have to split.


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