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cleave

1 [kleev]
verb (used without object), cleaved or (Archaic) clave; cleaved; cleaving.
1.
to adhere closely; stick; cling (usually followed by to ).
2.
to remain faithful (usually followed by to ): to cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English cleven, Old English cleofian, cognate with Old High German klebēn (German kleben)

cleavingly, adverb
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cleave

2 [kleev]
verb (used with object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or cloven, cleaving.
1.
to split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow, especially along a natural line of division, as the grain of wood.
2.
to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path through the wilderness.
3.
to penetrate or pass through (air, water, etc.): The bow of the boat cleaved the water cleanly.
4.
to cut off; sever: to cleave a branch from a tree.
verb (used without object), cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or cloven, cleaving.
5.
to part or split, especially along a natural line of division.
6.
to penetrate or advance by or as if by cutting (usually followed by through ).

Origin:
before 950; Middle English cleven, Old English clēofan, cognate with Old High German klioban (German klieben), Old Norse kljūfa; akin to Greek glýphein to carve, Latin glūbere to peel


1. halve, rend, rive.
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cleave1 (kliːv)
 
vb (when intr, foll by through) , cleaves, cleaving, cleft, cleaved, clove, cleft, cleaved, cloven
1.  to split or cause to split, esp along a natural weakness
2.  (tr) to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path
3.  to penetrate or traverse
 
[Old English clēofan; related to Old Norse kljūfa, Old High German klioban, Latin glūbere to peel]
 
'cleavable1
 
adj
 
cleava'bility1
 
n

cleave2 (kliːv)
 
vb (foll by to)
to cling or adhere
 
[Old English cleofian; related to Old High German klebēn to stick]

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cleave
"to split," O.E. cleofan "to split, separate" (class II strong verb, past tense cleaf, past participle clofen), from P.Gmc. *kleubanan, from PIE base *gleubh- "to cut, slice." Past tense form clave is recorded in Northern writers from 14c. and was used with both verbs (see
cleave (2)), apparently by analogy with other ME strong verbs. Common to c.1600 and still alive at the time of the King James Bible; weak p.t. cleaved also emerged in 14c. for this verb; cleft is still later. The p.p. cloven survives, though mostly in compounds.

cleave
"to adhere," O.E. clifian, from W.Gmc. *klibajanan, from PIE *gloi- "to stick." The confusion was less in O.E. when cleave (1) was a class 2 strong verb and cleave (2) a class 1 verb; but it has grown since cleave (1) weakened, which may be why both are largely superseded by stick and split.
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