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"divide" in British English

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divideverb

uk   /dɪˈvaɪd/ us   /dɪˈvaɪd/
  • 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 house in the Berkshires.
[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.

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  • 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.

dividenoun [C]

uk   /dɪˈvaɪd/ us   /dɪˈvaɪd/
(Definition of divide from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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divideverb [I/T]

us   /dɪˈvɑɪd/
  • 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?

dividenoun [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.
(Definition of divide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"divide" in Business English

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divideverb

uk   /dɪˈvaɪd/ us  
[T] to calculate the number of times one number fits into another: Convert the euro amount into sterling by dividing the euro amount by the exchange rate.
[I or T] to separate, or make something separate, into different parts or groups: He and his brother decided to divide the company into two parts.
(Definition of divide from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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