Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “divide”

divide

verb uk   /dɪˈvaɪd/ us  

divide verb (SEPARATE)

B1 [I or T] to (cause to) separate into parts or groups: At the end of the lecture, I'd like all the students to divide into small discussion groups. After the Second World War Germany was divided into two separate countries. C1 [T] to share: I think we should divide (up) the costs equally among/between us. B2 [T] If something divides two areas, it marks the edge or limit of them: There's a narrow alley that divides our house from the one next door. This path marks the dividing line between my land and my neighbour's. [T] to use different amounts of something for different purposes or activities: She divides her time between her apartment in New York and her cottage in Yorkshire. [I] UK If Members of Parliament divide, they vote by separating into two groups, one group who want the law that is being voted on to be accepted and one group who are against it: After a lengthy debate, MPs/the House of Commons divided.

divide verb (DISAGREE)

B2 [T often passive] to cause a group of people to disagree about something: The party is divided on/over the issue of capital punishment. divide and rule a way of keeping yourself in a position of power by causing disagreements among other people so that they are unable to oppose you

divide verb (CALCULATE)

divide sth by sth to calculate the number of times that one number fits (exactly) into another: 10 divided by 5 is/equals 2. divide (sth) into sth C1 If a number divides into another number, it fits (exactly) into it when multiplied a particular number of times: What do you get if you divide 6 into 18? 2 divides into 10 five times.

divide

noun [C] uk   /dɪˈvaɪd/ us  
C1 a difference or separation: Because of debt repayments, the divide between rich and poor countries is continuing to grow.
(Definition of divide from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of divide?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Separating and dividing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Cutting and joining topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “divide” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More