EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English dividen, from Latin dīvīdere (to divide). Displaced native Old English tōdǣlan.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈvaɪd/
  • (file)

VerbEdit

divide (third-person singular simple present divides, present participle dividing, simple past and past participle divided)

  1. (transitive) To split or separate (something) into two or more parts.
    a wall divides two houses; a stream divides the towns
    Synonyms: cut up, disunite, partition, split, split up
    Antonyms: combine, merge, unify, unite
  2. (transitive) To share (something) by dividing it.
    How shall we divide this pie?
    Synonyms: divvy up, divide up, share, share out
  3. (transitive, arithmetic, with by) To calculate the number (the quotient) by which you must multiply one given number (the divisor) to produce a second given number (the dividend).
    If you divide 6 by 3, you get 2.
    Antonym: multiply
  4. (transitive, arithmetic) To be a divisor of.
    3 divides 6.
  5. (intransitive) To separate into two or more parts.
    Synonyms: separate, shear, split, split up
  6. (intransitive, biology) Of a cell, to reproduce by dividing.
    • 2013 July 20, “Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, and that in several cases these bacteria were dividing and thus, by the perverse arithmetic of biological terminology, multiplying.
  7. To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance.
  8. (obsolete) To break friendship; to fall out.
  9. (obsolete) To have a share; to partake.
  10. To vote, as in the British parliament and other legislatures, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes.
  11. To mark divisions on; to graduate.
    to divide a sextant
  12. (music) To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations.

Derived termsEdit

Terms derived from divide (verb and noun)

Related termsEdit

  • (act of dividing): division
  • (the sum being divided; the upper term in a fraction): dividend
  • (the number of parts in a division; the lower term in a fraction): divisor

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NounEdit

divide (plural divides)

  1. A thing that divides.
    Stay on your side of the divide, please.
  2. An act of dividing.
    The divide left most of the good land on my share of the property.
    • 1975, Byte (issues 1-8, page 14)
      The extended instruction set may double the speed again if a lot of multiplies and divides are done.
  3. A distancing between two people or things.
    There is a great divide between us.
  4. (geography) A large chasm, gorge, or ravine between two areas of land.
    If you're heading to the coast, you'll have to cross the divide first.
    The team crossed streams and jumped across deep, narrow divides in the glacier.
    • 1922, A. M. Chisholm, A Thousand a Plate
      Carrying light packs they left camp at daylight the next morning. Trails there were none; but they followed the general course of a small creek, crossed a divide, and dipped down into a beautifully timbered valley watered by a swift, large creek of almost riverlike dimensions.
  5. (hydrology) The topographical boundary dividing two adjacent catchment basins, such as a ridge or a crest.

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ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /diˈvi.de/
  • Hyphenation: di‧vì‧de
  • Rhymes: -ide

VerbEdit

divide

  1. third-person singular present indicative of dividere

LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

dīvide

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of dīvidō

PortugueseEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): (Brazil) /d͡ʒiˈvi.d͡ʒi/, [d͡ʒiˈvi.d͡ʒi]
  • IPA(key): (Portugal) /diˈvi.dɨ/, [diˈvi.ðɨ]

  • Hyphenation: di‧vi‧de

VerbEdit

divide

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of dividir
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of dividir

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /diˈbide/, [d̪iˈβ̞i.ð̞e]

VerbEdit

divide

  1. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of dividir.
  2. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of dividir.