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split

verb
 
 
/splɪt/ ( present participle splitting, past tense and past participle split)
BREAK [I, T] B2 If something splits or if you split it, it tears so that there is a long, thin hole in it: He split his trousers when he bent over. Her shoes were splitting apart at the sides.Tearing and breaking into pieces
DIVIDE [I, T] ( also split up) B2 to divide into smaller parts or groups, or to divide something into smaller parts or groups: The children split up into three groups.Separating and dividing
SHARE [T] to share something by dividing it into smaller parts: The cost of the wedding will be split between the two families.Separating and dividing
DISAGREE [I, T] If a group of people splits, or something splits them, they disagree and form smaller groups: This issue could split the Conservative Party. [often passive] The government was split on the issue of hunting. →  See also split hairs Separating and dividingArguing and disagreeing
(Definition of split verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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