Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “split”

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 hairsSeparating and dividingArguing and disagreeing
(Definition of split verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “split” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More