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split

verb (DIVIDE)    /splɪt/ (present participle splitting, past tense and past participle split)
B2 [I or T] to (cause to) divide into two or more parts, especially along a particular line: The prize was split between Susan and Kate. Split the aubergines in half and cover with breadcrumbs. The teacher split the children (up) into three groups.informal I'll split (= share) this croissant with you. His trousers split when he tried to jump the fence. [+ obj + adj ] The woman had split her head open (= got a long, deep wound in her head) when she was thrown off the horse.Separating and dividing C2 [I] to form cracks: The wooden floor had cracked and split in the heat.Tearing and breaking into pieces C2 [I or T] If the people in an organization or group split, or if something splits them, they disagree and form smaller groups: The childcare issue has split the employers' group. The union executive has split down the middle (= divided into two equal-sized groups who disagree with each other) on what to do next. A group of extremists split (off) from the Labour Party to form a new "Workers Party".Arguing and disagreeing split the difference If you split the difference, you agree on a number or amount that is exactly in the middle of the difference between two other numbers or amounts.Sharing
(Definition of split verb (DIVIDE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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