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divide

verb [I/T]  /dɪˈvɑɪd/ us  

divide verb [I/T] (SEPARATE)

to separate into parts or groups, or to cause something to separate in such a way: [T] Divide the cake into six equal parts. [I] The votes divided equally for and against the proposal. If something divides two areas, it marks the edge or limit of both of them: [T] A narrow driveway divides our house from the one next door. To divide a group of people is to cause them to disagree: [T] The issue of tax reform continues to divide the country.

divide verb [I/T] (CALCULATE)

mathematics to calculate the number of times one number is contained in another: [T] 10 divided by 5 is/equals 2. [T] What do you get if you divide 6 into 18?

divide

noun [C] /dɪˈvɑɪd/

divide noun [C] (SEPARATION)

a separation: The river forms a divide between mountains and coastal plains. It’s on taxes that the divide between the two candidates is widest.
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