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verb     /splɪt/ (splitting, split, split)
[I or T] (also split (sth) up) to divide or cause to divide into two or more parts : The senior leadership finally concluded that it made sense for the two businesses to split. The roles of chief executive and chairman could be split.split sth between sth It is thought that Mr Snow's job will now be split between general insurance and life insurance .split sth equally/evenly She splits her time equally between work and home .split sth up into sth The corporation was split up into three separate companies .
[I or T] (also split off) if a part of an organization splits or is split from the larger organization , it becomes its own independent organization : split (sth) from sth The Shanghai enterprise split from a joint venture with S.C. Johnson.split sth into sth The electronics division was split off into a freestanding company .
[T] to divide money in order to share it between people , organizations , or groups : split sth between sb/sth Sales-tax money will be split between the city and the state . The online magazine recorded revenues of $11.5m split equally between subscription fees and advertising .split sth two/three/four, etc. ways We will split the profits three ways .split sth 50-50/60-40/70-30, etc. Let's split the cost 50-50.
[T] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to divide shares of a company into two or more shares with lower value : Some analysts said the company is splitting its stock to gain investors ' attention .
[I or T] if a group of people or their opinions split or are split, some people have one opinion and others have a different opinion : The ruling party was split on the issue .be split between sb Opinions were split cleanly between workers and managers .split 50-50/55-45/60-40, etc. Shareholders split 55-45 in the vote to install the new CEO .
[I] (also split up) to end a relationship : The partners split after working together for fifteen years .
(Definition of split verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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