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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
divide (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to separate into two or more parts, areas, or groups - divide the city into wards
b) to separate into classes, categories, or - divisions divide history into epochs
c) - cleave part a ship dividing the waves
2.
a) to separate into portions and give out in shares - distribute divide profits
b) to possess, enjoy, or make use of in common - divide the blame
c) - apportion divides her time between the office and home
3.
a) to cause to be separate, distinct, or apart from one another - fields divided by stone walls
b) to separate into opposing sides or parties - the issues that divide us
c) to cause (a parliamentary body) to vote by - division
4.
a) to subject (a number or quantity) to the operation of finding how many times it contains another number or quantity - divide 42 by 14
b) to be used as a with respect to (a ) - divisor dividend 4 divides 16 evenly
intransitive verb
c) to use as a divisor - used with into divide 14 into 42
1.
to perform mathematical division
2.
a) (1) to undergo replication, multiplication, fission, or separation into parts
(2) to branch out
b) to become separated or disunited especially in opinion or interest separate, distribute
divide (noun)
1.
an act of - dividing
2.
a) a dividing ridge between drainage areas
b) a point or line of or disagreement - division
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
divide (verb)
1.
to set or force apart
SYNONIMS:
break up, decouple, disassociate, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, dissociate, disunite, divide, divorce, part, ramify, resolve, sever, split, sunder, uncouple, unlink, unyoke
RELATED WORDS:
break down, decompose, disassemble, disintegrate, dissolve; bifurcate, bisect, cleave, dichotomize, dissect, fractionalize, fractionate, halve, partition, quarter, segment, subdivide, trisect; fragment, fragmentate, fragmentize; break, fracture, pull, rend, rift, rip, rive, rupture, tear; cut off, insulate, isolate, seclude, segregate, sequester; detach, disengage, disentangle, unravel, untie
NEAR ANTONYMS:
assemble, associate, blend, combine, mingle, mix; connect, couple; accumulate, agglutinate, attach, bind, cement, close, fasten, fuse, knit, stick, weld
join, link, unify, unite
divide (verb)
2.
to go or move in different directions from a central point
SYNONIMS:
branch (out), diverge, divide, fork, part, spread
RELATED WORDS:
bestrew, break up, broadcast, clear out, disband, dispel, disperse, dissipate, distribute, scatter, sow; distance, recede, retreat
NEAR ANTONYMS:
assemble, gather, meet
converge, join
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