Simple past tense and past participle of cleave.
Other Word Forms of Cleft
Origin of Cleft
Middle English past participle of cleven to split cleave1 N., from Middle English alteration (influenced by cleft) of clift from Old English geclyft gleubh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Old English clift; compare Swedish klyft (“cave, den”) cave, den, German Kluft. See cleave.
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