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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?.


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

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

Narrower (hyponym)halve, quarter

Domain categoryarithmetic


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

SamplesThe mountain range divides the two countries.


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


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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