Meaning of "divide" in Essential American English Dictionary


verb us /dɪˈvɑɪd/ (present participle dividing, past tense and past participle divided)

B1 to separate into parts or groups, or to make something separate into parts or groups:

We divided up into teams of six.

to separate a place into two areas:

There’s a narrow alley that divides our house from the one next door.
divide something (up) among/between someone

to separate something into parts and give a part to each person in a group:

The prize money will be divided equally among the winners.

to calculate how many times a number can go into another number:

12 divided by 6 equals 2.

(Definition of “divide” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)