[ dih-vahyd ]
/ dɪˈvaɪd /

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

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


Nearby words

  1. divesture,
  2. divi,
  3. divi-divi,
  4. divid.,
  5. dividable,
  6. divide and conquer,
  7. divided,
  8. divided highway,
  9. dividedly,
  10. dividend

Origin of divide

1325–75; Middle English (< Anglo-French divider) < Latin dīvidere to separate, divide

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for divide


/ (dɪˈvaɪd) /



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
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Medicine definitions for divide


[ dĭ-vīd ]


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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Science definitions for 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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