/splɪt/verb(present participlesplitting, past tense and past participlesplit)
BREAK[I, T]›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.
DIVIDE[I, T](alsosplit up)›to divide into smaller parts or groups, or to divide something into smaller parts or groups: The children split up into three groups.
SHARE[T]›to share something by dividing it into smaller parts: The cost of the wedding will be split between the two families.
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 is split on the issue of hunting. → See alsosplit hairs