divide

[dih-vahyd]

verb (used with object), di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing.

verb (used without object), di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing.

noun


Origin of divide

1325–75; Middle English (< Anglo-French divider) < Latin dīvidere to separate, divide
Related formsmis·di·vide, verb, mis·di·vid·ed, mis·di·vid·ing.pre·di·vide, verb (used with object), pre·di·vid·ed, pre·di·vid·ing.re·di·vide, verb, re·di·vid·ed, re·di·vid·ing.un·di·vid·ing, adjective

Synonyms for divide

1. See separate. 2. sever, shear. 3. partition, portion. 5. alienate, estrange. 6. sort, arrange, distribute.

Antonyms for divide

1. unite.
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divide

verb

to separate or be separated into parts or groups; split up; part
to share or be shared out in parts; distribute
to diverge or cause to diverge in opinion or aimthe issue divided the management
(tr) to keep apart or be a boundary betweenthe Rio Grande divides Mexico from the United States
(intr) (in Parliament and similar legislatures) to vote by separating into two groups
to categorize; classify
to calculate the quotient of (one number or quantity) and (another number or quantity) by divisionto divide 50 by 10; to divide 10 into 50; to divide by 10
(intr) to divergethe roads divide
(tr) to mark increments of (length, angle, etc) as by use of an engraving machine

noun

mainly US and Canadian an area of relatively high ground separating drainage basins; watershedSee also continental divide
a division; split
Derived Formsdividable, adjective

Word Origin for divide

C14: from Latin dīvidere to force apart, from di- ² + vid- separate, from the source of viduus bereaved, vidua widow
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Word Origin and History for divide
v.

early 14c., from Latin dividere "to force apart, cleave, distribute," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + -videre "to separate," from PIE root *weidh- "to separate" (see widow; also see with).

Mathematical sense is from early 15c. Divide and rule (c.1600) translates Latin divide et impera, a maxim of Machiavelli. Related: Divided; dividing.

n.

1640s, "act of dividing," from divide (v.). Meaning "watershed, separation between river valleys" is first recorded 1807, American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

divide in Medicine

divide

[dĭ-vīd]

v.

To separate or become separated into parts, sections, groups, or branches.
To sector into units of measurement; graduate.
To separate and group according to kind; classify.
To branch out, as a blood vessel.
To undergo cell division.
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divide in Science

divide

[dĭ-vīd]

To subject (a number) to the process of division.
To be a divisor of.
To use (a number) as a divisor.
To perform the operation of division.
To undergo cell division.
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