1. separated; separate.
  2. disunited.
  3. shared; apportioned.
  4. (of a leaf) cut into distinct portions by incisions extending to the midrib or base.

verb (used with object), di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing.

  1. to separate into parts, groups, sections, etc.
  2. to separate or part from something else; sunder; cut off.
  3. to deal out in parts; distribute in shares; apportion.
  4. to cleave; part.
  5. to separate in opinion or feeling; cause to disagree: The issue divided the senators.
  6. to distinguish the kinds of; classify.
  7. Mathematics.
    1. to separate into equal parts by the process of mathematical division; apply the mathematical process of division to: Eight divided by four is two.
    2. to be a divisor of, without a remainder.
  8. to mark a uniform scale on (a ruler, thermometer, etc.).
  9. British Government. to separate (a legislature, assembly, etc.) into two groups in ascertaining the vote on a question.

verb (used without object), di·vid·ed, di·vid·ing.

  1. to become divided or separated.
  2. to share something with others.
  3. to diverge; branch; fork: The road divides six miles from here.
  4. to perform the mathematical process of division: He could add and subtract but hadn’t learned to divide.
  5. British Government. to vote by separating into two groups.


  1. a division: a divide in the road.
  2. Physical Geography. the line or zone of higher ground between two adjacent streams or drainage basins.
  3. Archaic. the act of dividing.


  1. botany another word for dissected (def. 1)
  2. split; not united


  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 aimthe issue divided the management
  4. (tr) to keep apart or be a boundary betweenthe 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 divisionto divide 50 by 10; to divide 10 into 50; to divide by 10
  8. (intr) to divergethe roads divide
  9. (tr) to mark increments of (length, angle, etc) as by use of an engraving machine


  1. mainly US and Canadian an area of relatively high ground separating drainage basins; watershedSee also continental divide
  2. a division; split

early 14c., from Latin dividere “to force apart, cleave, distribute,” from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + -videre “to separate,” from PIE root *weidh- “to separate” (see widow; also see with).

Mathematical sense is from early 15c. Divide and rule (c.1600) translates Latin divide et impera, a maxim of Machiavelli. Related: Divided; dividing.


1640s, “act of dividing,” from divide (v.). Meaning “watershed, separation between river valleys” is first recorded 1807, American English.


  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.

  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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