Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
  2. (noun, location) a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
  3. (verb, social) separate into parts or portions
    The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I
  4. (verb, cognition) perform a division
  5. (verb, stative) act as a barrier between; stand between
  6. (verb, contact) come apart
  7. (verb, motion) make a division or separation
  8. (verb, contact) force, take, or pull apart
    Moses parted the Red Sea

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Antonyms of Divide

multiply, unite

Origin of the word Divide

  1. late 14c., from L. dividere "to force apart, cleave, distribute," from dis- "apart" + -videre "to separate," from PIE base *widh- "to separate," related to widow; and see with. Mathematical sense is from early 15c. The noun meaning "watershed, separation between river valleys" is first recorded 1807. Divider "partition or screen," especially i… more

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