verb (used without object), cleaved or (Archaic) clave; cleaved; cleav·ing.
QUIZ YOURSELF ON THESE WORDS FROM BROWN GIRL DREAMING!
Origin of cleave1
OTHER WORDS FROM cleavecleav·ing·ly, adverb
Words nearby cleave
Definition for cleave (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo·ven, cleav·ing.
verb (used without object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo·ven, cleav·ing.
Origin of cleave2
Example sentences from the Web for cleave
Cleave had strung the coffee berries along a crack between the boards.The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
To cleave to the possibility of a physical explanation any longer is mere folly and obstinacy.The Grey Room|Eden Phillpotts
They do not cleave the air at great velocity, like swifts or “green parrots.”Jungle Folk|Douglas Dewar
They would have been out of place upon the high Tavy, on the rock-strewn side of the cleave, among the ruins of the mines.Furze the Cruel|John Trevena
A word derived from the verb to cleave, and signifying a narrow valley between two hills.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth