Pronunciation: (klēv),[key] —v.i.,cleaved or (Archaic)clave; cleaved; cleav•ing. 1. to adhere closely; stick; cling (usually fol. by to).
2. to remain faithful (usually fol. by to): to cleave to one's principles in spite of persecution.
Pronunciation: (klēv),[key] —v.,cleft or cleaved or clove, cleft or cleaved or clo•ven, cleav•ing.
—v.t. 1. to split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow, esp. along a natural line of division, as the grain of wood.
2. to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path through the wilderness. 3. to penetrate or pass through (air, water, etc.): The bow of the boat cleaved the water cleanly. 4. to cut off; sever: to cleave a branch from a tree.
—v.i. 1. to part or split, esp. along a natural line of division.
2. to penetrate or advance by or as if by cutting (usually fol. by through).