- To divide is defined as to separate into two or more parts.
An example of to divide is cutting a sandwich in half.
divide definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English dividen ; from Classical Latin dividere, to separate, divide, distribute ; from di- (; from dis-, apart) plush base seen in vidua, widow ; from Indo-European base an unverified form weidh-, to separate (prob. ; from wi-, apart plush dhē, 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
- dividable adjective
divide definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing, di·vides verb, transitive
- a. To separate into parts, sections, groups, or branches: divided the students into four groups. See Synonyms at separate.b. To sector into units of measurement; graduate: The ruler was divided into metric units.c. To separate and group according to kind; classify: divided the plants by genus.
- 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 separate from something else; cut off: A mountain chain divides France and Spain.
- To 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.b. To branch out, as a river.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).
- A ridge of land; a watershed.
Origin: Middle English dividen, from Latin dīvidere : dī-, dis-, dis- + -videre, to separate.
- di·vidˈa·ble adjective
divide - Medical Definition
- 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.
divide - Science Definition
- 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.