An example of to divide is cutting a sandwich in half.
transitive verbdi·vid′ed, di·vid′ing
- to separate into parts; split up; sever
- to separate into groups; classify
- to make or keep separate by or as by a boundary or partition
- to give out in shares; apportion; distribute
- to cause disagreement between or among; alienate
- to separate (a parliamentary body) into groups in voting on a question
- to separate into equal parts by a divisor
- to function as a divisor of
- Mech. to mark off the divisions of; graduate; gradate
Origin of divideMiddle English dividen from Classical Latin dividere, to separate, divide, distribute from di- ( from dis-, apart) + base seen in vidua, widow from Indo-European base an unverified form weidh-, to separate (prob. from wi-, apart + dh?, set, do)
- to be or become separate; part
- to differ in opinion; disagree
- to separate into groups in voting on a question: said of a parliament, esp. that of the United Kingdom
- to share
- to do division
- to undergo division; be divisible (by)
- the act of dividing
- a ridge that divides two drainage areas; watershed
- a division; boundary
verbdi·vid·ed, di·vid·ing, di·vides
- a. To separate into parts, sections, groups, or branches: divided the students into four groups. See Synonyms at separate.b. To form a border or barrier between: A mountain chain divides France and Spain.c. To sector into units of measurement; graduate: The ruler was divided into metric units.d. To group according to kind; classify or assign: divided the plants into different species.
- a. To cause to separate into opposing factions; disunite: “They want not to divide either the Revolution or the Church but to be an integral part of both” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien )b. To cause (members of a parliament) to vote by separating into groups, as pro and con.
- To give out or apportion among a number: Volunteers divided the different jobs among themselves. See Synonyms at distribute.
- Mathematics a. To subject (a number) to the process of division: divided 20 by 4.b. To be a divisor of: 3 divides 9.c. To use (a number) as a divisor: divided 5 into 35.
- a. To become separated into parts: The mixture will divide into several layers if left unagitated.b. To branch out, as a river or a blood vessel.c. To form into factions; take sides: The party divided evenly on the tax issue.d. To vote by dividing.
- Mathematics To perform the operation of division.
- Biology To undergo cell division.
- A dividing point or line: “would clearly tip the court … across a dangerous constitutional divide” ( Lawrence H. Tribe )
- See watershed.
Origin of divideMiddle English dividen from Latin dīvidere dī-, dis- dis- -videre to separate
(third-person singular simple present divides, present participle dividing, simple past and past participle divided)
- To split or separate (something) into two or more parts.
- a wall divides two houses; a stream divides the towns
- To share (something) by dividing it.
- How shall we divide this pie?
- (arithmetic) To calculate the number (the quotient) by which you must multiply one given number (the divisor) to produce a second given number (the dividend).
- If you divide 6 by 3, you get 2.
- (arithmetic) To be a divisor of.
- 3 divides 6.
- (intransitive) To separate into two or more parts.
- (intransitive, biology) Of a cell, to reproduce by dividing.
- To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance.
- To vote, as in the British Parliament, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes.
- To mark divisions on; to graduate.
- to divide a sextant
- (music) To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations.
- A thing that divides.
- Stay on your side of the divide, please.
- An act of dividing.
- The divide left most of the good land on my share of the property.
- A distancing between two people or things.
- There is a great divide between us.
- (geography) A large chasm, gorge, or ravine between two areas of land.
- If you're heading to the coast, you'll have to cross the divide first.
From Latin dīvidō (“divide”)