verb (used with object), di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing.
- to separate into equal parts by the process of mathematical division; apply the mathematical process of division to: Eight divided by four is two.
- to be a divisor of, without a remainder.
verb (used without object), di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing.
- divide and conquer,
- divided highway,
Origin of divide
Examples from the Web for divide
Bridging the divide between the police and those who distrust them will take more than protests and symbolic gestures.
Divide batter into prepared ramekins, place ramekins on a baking sheet, and bake about 20 minutes.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Divide the dough in half and very gently pat each half into a round 1-inch-thick disk.
“You can castigate the leaders; you can try and divide us by generation,” he said.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is an extreme demonstration of this divide in the nation.
It then forms the divide between the Cauca and Atrato valleys, and terminates near the Caribbean coast.
It was a difficult problem to divide that very irregular polygon into two equal parts.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7|Charles H. Sylvester
What, then, could have happened to divide them so completely?The Stowmarket Mystery|Louis Tracy
If only there had been another to divide all those expectations.The Thing from the Lake|Eleanor M. Ingram
We may find that we can so divide our entity that we can be conscious of a double-brain existence in a dual action.
Word Origin for divide
Mathematical sense is from early 15c. Divide and rule (c.1600) translates Latin divide et impera, a maxim of Machiavelli. Related: Divided; dividing.
1640s, "act of dividing," from divide (v.). Meaning "watershed, separation between river valleys" is first recorded 1807, American English.