verb (used with object), divided, dividing.
to separate into parts, groups, sections, etc.
to separate or part from something else; sunder; cut off.
to deal out in parts; distribute in shares; apportion.
to cleave; part.
to separate in opinion or feeling; cause to disagree: The issue divided the senators.
to distinguish the kinds of; classify.
to separate into equal parts by the process of mathematical division; apply the mathematical process of division to: Eight divided by four is two.
to be a divisor of, without a remainder.
to mark a uniform scale on (a ruler, thermometer, etc.).
British Government. to separate (a legislature, assembly, etc.) into two groups in ascertaining the vote on a question.
verb (used without object), divided, dividing.
to become divided or separated.
to share something with others.
to diverge; branch; fork: The road divides six miles from here.
to perform the mathematical process of division: He could add and subtract but hadn't learned to divide.
British Government. to vote by separating into two groups.
a division: a divide in the road.
Physical Geography. the line or zone of higher ground between two adjacent streams or drainage basins.
Archaic. the act of dividing.

1325–75; Middle English (< Anglo-French divider) < Latin dīvidere to separate, divide

misdivide, verb, misdivided, misdividing.
predivide, verb (used with object), predivided, predividing.
redivide, verb, redivided, redividing.
undividing, adjective

1. See separate. 2. sever, shear. 3. partition, portion. 5. alienate, estrange. 6. sort, arrange, distribute.

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divide (dɪˈvaɪd)
1.  to separate or be separated into parts or groups; split up; part
2.  to share or be shared out in parts; distribute
3.  to diverge or cause to diverge in opinion or aim: the issue divided the management
4.  (tr) to keep apart or be a boundary between: the Rio Grande divides Mexico from the United States
5.  (intr) (in Parliament and similar legislatures) to vote by separating into two groups
6.  to categorize; classify
7.  to calculate the quotient of (one number or quantity) and (another number or quantity) by division: to divide 50 by 10; to divide 10 into 50; to divide by 10
8.  (intr) to diverge: the roads divide
9.  (tr) to mark increments of (length, angle, etc) as by use of an engraving machine
10.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) See also continental divide an area of relatively high ground separating drainage basins; watershed
11.  a division; split
[C14: from Latin dīvidere to force apart, from di-² + vid- separate, from the source of viduus bereaved, viduawidow]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. dividere "to force apart, cleave, distribute," from dis- "apart" + -videre "to separate," from PIE base *widh- "to separate," related to widow; and see with. Mathematical sense is from early 15c. The noun meaning "watershed, separation
between river valleys" is first recorded 1807. Divider "partition or screen," especially in a room, is from 1959. Divide and rule (c.1600) translates L. divide et impera, a maxim of Machiavelli. Related: Divided; dividing.
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Medical Dictionary

divide di·vide (dĭ-vīd')
v. di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing, di·vides

  1. To separate or become separated into parts, sections, groups, or branches.

  2. To sector into units of measurement; graduate.

  3. To separate and group according to kind; classify.

  4. To branch out, as a blood vessel.

  5. To undergo cell division.

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divide   (dĭ-vīd')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. To subject (a number) to the process of division.

  2. To be a divisor of.

  3. To use (a number) as a divisor.

  4. To perform the operation of division.

  5. To undergo cell division.

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