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splitverb

uk   /splɪt/ us   /splɪt/ present participle splitting, past tense and past participle split
  • split verb (DIVIDE)

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.
C2 [I] to form cracks: The wooden floor had cracked and split in the heat.
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".
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.

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  • split verb (TELL)

[I] UK old-fashioned informal to tell other people secret and damaging information about someone: They knew Josie wouldn't split on them to the teacher.
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splitnoun [C]

uk   /splɪt/ us   /splɪt/
a long, thin hole in something where it has broken apart: Rain was getting in through a split in the plastic sheeting.
a situation in which a group of people is divided into smaller groups because they disagree about something: There is a widening split between senior managers and the rest of the workforce. The tax issue has caused a split in/within the government. There was a 75/25 split in the voting.
the splits [plural] UK US split
the action of sitting on the floor with your legs straight out and flat along the floor in opposite directions: Can you do the splits?
(Definition of split from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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splitverb [I/T]

us   /splɪt/ present participle splitting, past tense and past participle split
to divide into two or more parts, esp. along a particular line: [T] I suggest we split the profits between us. [T] The teacher split the class into three groups. [I] His pants split when he jumped the fence.
slang To split also means to leave a place: [I] The movie was boring, so I split.
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splitnoun [C]

us   /splɪt/
a long, thin tear, or a division: There’s a split in this sheet. Peace talks are threatened by a split among rebel leaders.
(Definition of split from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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splitverb

uk   /splɪt/ us   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.

splitnoun [C]

uk   /splɪt/ us  
also stock split FINANCE, STOCK MARKET the act of dividing each of a company's shares into two or more shares: Companies that announce stock splits often see their shares rise before the split as investors anticipate demand.
(Definition of split from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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