[ dih-vahyd ]
/ dɪˈvaɪd /

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

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


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 forms

mis·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 Forms

dividable, 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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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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