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noun [C] uk   us   /rɪft/
a large crack in the ground or in rock: The stream had cut a deep rift in the rock. a serious disagreement that separates two people who have been friends and stops their friendship continuing: The marriage caused a rift between the brothers and they didn't speak to each other for ten years.
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