—v.t. 1. to separate into parts, groups, sections, etc.
2. to separate or part from something else; sunder; cut off.
3. to deal out in parts; distribute in shares; apportion.
4. to cleave; part.
5. to separate in opinion or feeling; cause to disagree: The issue divided the senators. 6. to distinguish the kinds of; classify.
7. Math. a. to separate into equal parts by the process of mathematical division; apply the mathematical process of division to: Eight divided by four is two. b. to be a divisor of, without a remainder.
8. to mark a uniform scale on (a ruler, thermometer, etc.).
9. Brit. Govt.to separate (a legislature, assembly, etc.) into two groups in ascertaining the vote on a question.
—v.i. 1. to become divided or separated.
2. to share something with others.
3. to diverge; branch; fork: The road divides six miles from here. 4. to perform the mathematical process of division: He could add and subtract but hadn't learned to divide. 5. Brit. Govt.to vote by separating into two groups.
—n. 1. a division: a divide in the road. 2. Physical Geog.the line or zone of higher ground between two adjacent streams or drainage basins.
3. Archaic.the act of dividing.