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## "divide" in American English

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### divideverb [I/T]

us /dɪˈvɑɪd/
• #### divideverb[I/T] (SEPARATE)

to ​separate into ​parts or ​groups, or to ​cause something to ​separate in such a way: [T] Divide the ​cake into six ​equalparts. [I] The ​votes divided ​equally for and against the ​proposal.
If something divides two ​areas, it ​marks the ​edge or ​limit of both of them: [T] A ​narrowdriveway divides ​ourhouse from the one next ​door.
To divide a ​group of ​people is to ​cause them to ​disagree: [T] The ​issue of ​taxreformcontinues to divide the ​country.
• #### divideverb[I/T] (CALCULATE)

mathematics to ​calculate the ​number of ​times one ​number is ​contained in another: [T] 10 divided by 5 is/​equals 2. [T] What do you get if you divide 6 into 18?

### dividenoun [C]

/dɪˈvɑɪd/
• #### dividenoun[C] (SEPARATION)

a ​separation: The ​riverforms a divide between ​mountains and ​coastalplains. It’s on ​taxes that the divide between the two ​candidates is ​widest.
(Definition of divide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

## "divide" in British English

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### divideverb

uk /dɪˈvaɪd/  us /dɪˈvaɪd/
• #### divideverb (SEPARATE)

B1 [I or T] to (​cause to) ​separate into ​parts or ​groups: At the end of the ​lecture, I'd like all the ​students to divide intosmalldiscussiongroups. After the Second World War Germany was divided into two ​separatecountries.
C1 [T] to ​share: I ​think we should divide (up) the ​costsequally among/between us.
B2 [T] If something divides two ​areas, it ​marks the ​edge or ​limit of them: There's a ​narrowalley that divides ​ourhouse from the one next ​door. This ​pathmarks the dividing line between my ​land and my neighbour's.
[T] to use different ​amounts of something for different ​purposes or ​activities: She divides her ​time between her ​apartment in New York and her ​house in the Berkshires.
[I] UK If Members of Parliament divide, they ​vote by ​separating into two ​groups, one ​group who ​want the ​law that is being ​voted on to be ​accepted and one ​group who are against it: After a ​lengthydebate, MPs/the House of Commons divided.

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• #### divideverb (DISAGREE)

to ​cause a ​group of ​people to ​disagree about something: The ​party is divided on/over the ​issue of ​capitalpunishment.
divide and rule
a way of ​keeping yourself in a ​position of ​power by ​causingdisagreements among other ​people so that they are ​unable to ​oppose you

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• #### divideverb (CALCULATE)

divide sth by sth
to ​calculate the ​number of ​times that one ​numberfits (​exactly) into another: 10 divided by 5 is/​equals 2.
divide (sth) into sth
C1 If a ​number divides into another ​number, it ​fits (​exactly) into it when ​multiplied a ​particularnumber of ​times: What do you get if you divide 6 into 18? 2 divides into 10 five ​times.

### dividenoun [C]

uk /dɪˈvaɪd/  us /dɪˈvaɪd/
C1 a ​difference or ​separation: The divide between the ​rich and the ​poor in this ​country is ​continuing to ​grow.

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(Definition of divide from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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### divideverb

uk us /dɪˈvaɪd/
[T] to ​calculate the ​number of ​times one ​numberfits into another: Convert the ​euroamount into ​sterling by dividing the ​euroamount by the ​exchangerate.
to ​separate, or make something ​separate, into different ​parts or ​groups: He and his brother decided to divide the ​company into two ​parts.
(Definition of divide from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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