divide

When you divide something, you separate it into different parts. A pizza maker may divide a ball of dough into two parts to make two pies, or you might even divide a stick of gum in half to share it with a friend.

The verb divide can refer to the splitting apart of anything, whether it’s pizza dough, gum, time, a country, or a political group. Math types probably already know that the word also can refer to a mathematical function involving figuring out how many times a certain number contains another number. As a noun, divide means a hostile split between two groups, such as a growing divide between conservative and liberal groups.

DEFINITIONS OF: divide

1

n a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)

Type of:
disagreement, dissension, dissonance
a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters

n a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems

Synonyms:
water parting, watershed
Examples:
Great Divide
that part of the continental divide formed by the Rocky Mountains in the United States
Types:
continental divide
the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico)
Type of:
line
a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

v make a division or separation

Synonyms:
separate
Types:
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partition, zone
separate or apportion into sections
break
destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
break up, dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter
to cause to separate and go in different directions
rail, rail off
separate with a railing
detach
separate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment
close off, shut off
isolate or separate
screen off, separate off
partition by means of a divider, such as a screen
shatter
cause to break into many pieces
fracture
break into pieces
break in
break so as to fall inward
dash, smash
break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
disband
cause to break up or cease to function
curtain off
separate by means of a curtain

v perform a division

“Can you divide 49 by seven?”
Synonyms:
fraction
Antonyms:
multiply
combine by multiplication
Types:
halve
divide by two; divide into halves
quarter
divide by four; divide into quarters
Type of:
calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation

v separate into parts or portions

divide the cake into three equal parts”
Synonyms:
carve up, dissever, separate, split, split up
Antonyms:
unify, unite
act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
Types:
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subdivide
divide into smaller and smaller pieces
format, initialise, initialize
divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data
sectionalise, sectionalize
divide into sections, especially into geographic sections
triangulate
divide into triangles or give a triangular form to
unitise, unitize
divide (bulk material) and process as units
lot
divide into lots, as of land, for example
parcel
divide into parts
sliver, splinter
divide into slivers or splinters
paragraph
divide into paragraphs, as of text
canton
divide into cantons, of a country
Balkanise, Balkanize
divide a territory into small, hostile states
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v force, take, or pull apart

Synonyms:
disunite, part, separate
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compartmentalise, compartmentalize, cut up
separate into isolated compartments or categories
polarise, polarize
cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions
isolate, keep apart, sequester, sequestrate, set apart
set apart from others
disjoin, disjoint
make disjoint, separated, or disconnected; undo the joining of
disarticulate, disjoint
separate at the joints
disconnect
make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument
tear
to separate or be separated by force
joint
separate (meat) at the joint
gin
separate the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin
break
separate from a clinch, in boxing
break up, sever
set or keep apart
bust, rupture, snap, tear
separate or cause to separate abruptly
manicure
trim carefully and neatly
scissor
cut with or as if with scissors
plane, shave
cut or remove with or as if with a plane
slice, slice up
cut into slices
pink
cut in a zigzag pattern with pinking shears, in sewing
jag
cut teeth into; make a jagged cutting edge
carve, cut up
cut to pieces
carve
form by carving
carve, chip at
engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
cube, dice
cut into cubes
julienne
cut into long thin strips
chop, hack
cut with a hacking tool
undercut
cut obliquely into (a tree) below the main cut and on the side toward which the tree will fall
hack
cut away
chop, chop up
cut into pieces
cut down, drop, fell, strike down
cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
chip, nick
cut a nick into
nick, snick
cut slightly, with a razor
break off, chip, cut off, knap
break a small piece off from
pare, trim
remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
circumcise
cut the skin over the clitoris
chamfer, chase, furrow
cut a furrow into a columns
indent
cut or tear along an irregular line so that the parts can later be matched for authentication
mortice, mortise
cut a hole for a tenon in
decouple, uncouple
disconnect or separate
detach
cause to become detached or separated; take off
cut down, mow
cut with a blade or mower
shear
cut or cut through with shears
gash, slash
cut open
cut down, slash
cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
tap
cut a female screw thread with a tap
hob
cut with a hob
bore, drill
make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool
clip, nip, nip off, snip, snip off
sever or remove by pinching or snipping
dissect
cut open or cut apart
bisect
cut in half or cut in two
transect
cut across or divide transversely
trisect
cut in three
pare, whittle
cut small bits or pare shavings from
chatter
cut unevenly with a chattering tool
cut away
remove by cutting off or away
tomahawk
cut with a tomahawk
saber, sabre
cut or injure with a saber
rebate
cut a rebate in (timber or stone)
cradle
cut grain with a cradle scythe
incise
make an incision into by carving or cutting
trench
cut or carve deeply into
bob, dock, tail
remove or shorten the tail of an animal
cleave, rive, split
separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
slice, slit
make a clean cut through
lacerate
cut or tear irregularly
saw
cut with a saw
discerp, lop, sever
cut off from a whole
pull, rend, rip, rive
tear or be torn violently
rip up, shred, tear up
tear into shreds
chase
cut a groove into
bevel, chamfer
cut a bevel on; shape to a bevel
crosscut, cut across
cut using a diagonal line
rip
cut (wood) along the grain
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v come apart

Synonyms:
part, separate
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subdivide
form into subdivisions
polarise, polarize
become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation
break up, calve
release ice
break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off
break off (a piece from a whole)
disjoin, disjoint
become separated, disconnected or disjoint
come away, come off, detach
come to be detached
segregate
divide from the main body or mass and collect
segment
divide or split up
reduce
undergo meiosis
section, segment
divide into segments
partition, partition off
divide into parts, pieces, or sections
discerp, dismember, take apart
divide into pieces
gerrymander
divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts
flake, flake off, peel, peel off
come off in flakes or thin small pieces
exfoliate
come off in a very thin piece
blow off
come off due to an explosion or other strong force
chop off, cut off, lop off
remove by or as if by cutting
unsolder
remove the soldering from
fall off
come off
syllabicate, syllabify, syllabise, syllabize
divide into syllables
quarter
divide into quarters
pound, pound off
partition off into compartments
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v act as a barrier between; stand between

“The mountain range divides the two countries”
Synonyms:
separate
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