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English noun: divide

1. divide (state) a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)


Broader (hypernym)disagreement, dissension, dissonance

2. divide (location) a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems


Synonymswater parting, watershed


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)continental divide


Instance hyponymGreat Divide


English verb: divide

1. divide (social) separate into parts or portions


SamplesDivide the cake into three equal parts.
The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I.


Synonymscarve up, dissever, separate, split, split up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Narrower (hyponym)Balkanise, Balkanize, canton, format, initialise, initialize, lot, paragraph, parcel, sectionalise, sectionalize, sliver, splinter, subdivide, triangulate, unitise, unitize


Antonymsunite, unify

2. divide (cognition) perform a division


SamplesCan you divide 49 by seven?.


Synonymsfraction


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out


Narrower (hyponym)halve, quarter


Domain categoryarithmetic


Antonymsmultiply

3. divide (stative) act as a barrier between; stand between


SamplesThe mountain range divides the two countries.


Synonymsseparate


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

4. divide (contact) come apart


SamplesThe two pieces that we had glued separated.


Synonymspart, separate


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)break away, break off, break up, calve, chip, chip off, come away, come off, come off, detach, discerp, disjoin, disjoint, dismember, gerrymander, partition, partition off, polarise, polarize, reduce, section, segment, segment, segregate, subdivide, take apart

5. divide (motion) make a division or separation


Synonymsseparate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)break, break up, close off, detach, dispel, disperse, dissipate, partition, rail, rail off, scatter, shut off, zone

6. divide (contact) force, take, or pull apart


SamplesHe separated the fighting children.
Moses parted the Red Sea.


Synonymsdisunite, part, separate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)break, break up, bust, compartmentalise, compartmentalize, cut, cut up, disarticulate, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, disjoint, gin, isolate, joint, keep apart, polarise, polarize, rupture, sequester, sequestrate, set apart, sever, snap, tear, tear


Causedivide, part, separate









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