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TOEFL BNC: 1544 COCA: 1942


Verb Forms
present simple I / you / we / they divide
he / she / it divides
past simple divided
past participle divided
-ing form dividing
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  1. [intransitive, transitive] to separate into parts; to make something separate into parts(使)分开,分散,分割,分成… synonym split up
    • The cells began to divide rapidly.细胞开始迅速分裂。
    • divide into something The questions divide into two categories: easy and hard.问题分为两类:容易和难。
    • divide up After lunch we divided up for group discussions.午饭后,我们分头进行小组讨论。
    • divide something (into something) I divided the class into four groups.我把班级分成四组。
    • Divide the dough into four pieces.把面团分成四份。
    • The book is divided into 11 sections.这本书分为11个部分。
    • divide something up (into something) A sentence can be divided up into meaningful segments.一个句子可以划分成有意义的若干部分。
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    • Railway enthusiasts divide neatly into two groups.铁路爱好者简单地分成两类。
    • We have divided the topics into three categories.我们把话题分成了三类。
    • The study divided consumers into five groups.这项研究将消费者分为五组。
    • Films tend to divide into two categories: ‘art-house’ and ‘commercial’.电影往往分为两类:“艺术片”和“商业片”。
    • The performance is divided into six parts.演出分为六个部分。
    • The children divided into three teams.孩子们分为 3 个队。
    • The country is divided up into nine regions.该国划分为9 个区域。
    • They were randomly divided into three groups.他们被随机分成三组。
    • This report is divided broadly into two parts.这份报告大致分为两部分。
    • First, divide the class into two groups.首先,将班级分成两组。
    • The city was divided into four sectors.这座城市被划分成四个区。
    • Flimsy partitions divided up the gallery into claustrophobic rooms.单薄的隔墙将画廊分隔成幽闭恐怖的房间。
    • We decided to divide the space with screens.我们决定用屏风来分隔空间。
    Topics Biologyb1
    Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadverb
    • broadly
    • roughly
    • exactly
    • into
    • divide in two
    See full entry
  2. [transitive] divide something to separate something into parts and give a share to each of a number of different people, etc.分配;分享;分担 synonym share (3)
    • They could not agree on how to divide the land. 他们无法就如何划分土地达成一致。
    • divide something up Jack divided up the rest of the cash.杰克把余下的现金分了。
    • divide something (up) between somebody We divided the work between us.我们共同分担这项工作。
    • divide something (up) among somebody Profits were divided up among the staff.利润在员工中分配。
    • The money was divided equally among his sons.这笔钱由他的儿子们平分了。
    Extra Examples
    • The story is about a father who divides his property among his sons.这个故事讲的是一个父亲给儿子们分配财产的事。
    • Space is divided according to the needs of individual departments.空间是根据个别部门的需要来划分的。
    • Most of the collection was divided among the city's museums.大部分藏品被分配给了该市的博物馆。
    • They carefully divided up the cost of the vacations they took together.他们仔细分摊了一起度假的费用。
    • The exhibition features the work of 60 artists, evenly divided between well-known and less-familiar figures.这次展览展示了60位艺术家的作品,他们平均分为知名人物和不太为人所知的人物。
    Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadverb
    • equally
    • among
    • between
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  3. [transitive] to use different parts of your time, energy, etc. for different activities, etc.把(时间、精力等)分别用于
    • divide something As working parents we think carefully about how we divide our time.作为职业父母,我们会仔细考虑如何分配时间。
    • divide something between A and B He divides his energies between politics and business.他把精力一部分用在政治上,一部分用在生意上。
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    • They divided their time between London and Boston.他们一部份时间在伦敦,一部份时间在波士顿。
    • They divide their time between New York and their ranch in New Mexico.他们在纽约和新墨西哥州的农场之间分配时间。
    • Her mentor advised her to divide her efforts 80–20, with 80% going to research, and 20% to teaching.她的导师建议她将努力分成80-20份,80%用于研究,20%用于教学。
    • The children of immigrants may divide their loyalties between their birth country and their parents'.移民的子女可能会在他们的出生国和父母之间划分他们的忠诚。
    • He divides his year between the University of Houston and Florida State University.他在休斯顿大学和佛罗里达州立大学分班。
    Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadverb
    • equally
    • among
    • between
    See full entry
  4. [intransitive] (of a road or river路或河) to separate into two or more parts that lead in different directions分岔
    • Where the path divides, keep right.来到岔口就靠右行。
    • divide into something The river divides into several channels.这条河分成几条渠道。
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    • Just past the bridge by a new forestry block, the paths divide.就在桥的另一边,一个新的森林街区,小路分开了。
    • There's a signpost where the road divides.这条路的分岔处有一个路标。
    • The nearest restaurant is located opposite, just before the road divides.最近的餐馆就在对面,就在道路分岔之前。
    • He overtook at the point where the road divides into two lanes.他在道路分成两条车道的地方超车。
    • Here the river divides into about four separate streams.这条河在这里分成大约四条独立的溪流。
    • Streams divide and unite across the plain.河流在平原上分开并汇合。
    Topics Transport by car or lorryb1
  5. [transitive] divide A from B (formal) to separate two people or things使分离;使分开
    • Can it ever be right to divide a mother from her child?让母子分离难道还有对的时候?
    • The landowners were divided from the mass of poor peasants who lived in the surrounding area.地主是从生活在周围地区的大量贫农中划分出来的。
  6. [transitive] to be the real or imaginary line or barrier that separates two people or things是…的分界线;分隔;把…隔开 synonym separate
    • divide something (off) A fence divides off the western side of the grounds.一道篱笆把庭院的西面隔开。
    • divide A from B The English Channel divides England from France.英吉利海峡把英法两国分隔开来。
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    • A low wall divides the patio from the rest of the garden.一道矮墙将天井与花园的其余部分隔开。
    • Britain is divided from the rest of Europe by the English Channel.英吉利海峡把英国和欧洲其他地区分开了。
    • the mountains which divide Europe from Asia把欧洲和亚洲分开的山脉
  7. mathematics数学

  8. [transitive, intransitive] to find out how many times one number is contained in another除以
    • divide something by something 30 divided by 6 is 5 (= 30 ÷ 6 = 5).30 除以 6 等于 5。
    • divide by something It's easy to divide by ten.很容易被十除。
    • The children are learning how to multiply and divide.孩子们正在学习如何乘法和除法。
    Topics Maths and measurementb1
  9. [intransitive, transitive] divide (something) into something to be able to be multiplied to give another number
    • 5 divides into 30 6 times.5 除 30 等于 6。
    Topics Maths and measurementb1
  10. disagreement分歧

  11. [transitive] to make people disagree使产生分歧;使意见不一 synonym split
    • divide somebody/something to divide the nation/country分裂国家
    • This issue has bitterly divided the community.这个问题造成社会严重分化。
    • The building divides opinion (= some people like it and some do not).这座建筑众说纷纭。
    • be divided on/over something The party is deeply divided on this question.该党在这个问题上分歧很大。
    • to be evenly/sharply divided over the issue在这个问题上意见不一/严重分歧
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    • The issue has divided the government.这个问题在政府中引起了意见分歧。
    • The presidential elections divided the nation.总统选举分裂了这个国家。
    • a country divided by war因战争而分裂的国家
    • The case divided the New York art world at the time.该案件在当时分裂了纽约艺术界。
    • a society that was divided along sectarian lines一个按宗派划分的社会
    • an issue that threatens to divide society威胁到社会分裂的问题
    • I will not allow this to divide our family.我不会让这件事拆散我们的家庭。
    • Scholarly opinion is evenly divided on whether the portrait is of a Hellenistic prince or a Roman general.学者们对这幅肖像是希腊王子还是罗马将军的看法不一。
    Topics Opinion and argumentb2
    Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadverb
    • bitterly
    • deeply
    • seriously
    • be divided about something
    • be divided on something
    • be divided over something
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  12. [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of two or more people二人或以上) to disagree分配;分享;分担
    • Communities frequently divided along racial lines.社区经常按照种族划分。
  13. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): from Latin dividere ‘force apart, remove’. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.
divide and rule
  1. to keep control over people by making them disagree with and fight each other, therefore not giving them the chance to join together and oppose you 分而治之
    • a policy of divide and rule分而治之的政策
    Topics Opinion and argumentc2
split/divide (something) down the middle
  1. to divide something into two equal parts; to divide into two equal parts平分;分为相等的两半
    • The country was split down the middle over the strike (= half supported it, half did not).国内支持和反对罢工的人势均力敌。
    • Divide the cake down the middle.把蛋糕分成两半。
    • It would seem the community has divided down the middle, with some favouring expansion and some dead set against it.这个社区似乎已经分裂成了两派,一派支持扩张,一派坚决反对扩张。


[usually singular]
Word Family
  • divide verb noun
  • division noun
  • divisive adjective
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  1. a difference between two groups of people or two things that separates them from each other不同;差异;分歧
    • He offered advice on bridging cultural divides.他提出了弥合文化分歧的建议。
    • to straddle/cross a divide跨越鸿沟
    • The referendum revealed a deep urban-rural divide.公投揭示了深刻的城乡差距。
    • divide between A and B Will this deepen the divide between the country's rich and poor?这会加深这个国家的贫富差距吗?
    see also digital divide, North-South Divide
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    • The leader's speech aimed to close the embarrassing divide in party ranks.领导人的讲话旨在缩小党内各派令人尴尬的分歧。
    • a style which straddles the divide between classic and modern跨越古典与现代界限的一种风格
    • The show's appeal crosses the gender divide.这个节目的吸引力跨越了性别的界限。
    • the sharp divides in society that help account for the rise of fascism社会上的尖锐分歧导致了法西斯主义的兴起
    • a divide separating those who have access to computers and those who don't有电脑使用的人和无电脑使用的人之间的一条分界线
    • People continue to derive their identity from their church—which works well in some ways, but also reinforces sectarian divides.人们继续从他们的教会中获得他们的身份——这在某些方面很有效,但也加剧了宗派分歧。
    • There is a real generational divide in attitudes towards intellectual property and copyright.对知识产权和版权的态度确实存在代际差异。
    • The film's subject matter will be controversial on both sides of the ideological divide.这部电影的主题将在意识形态分歧的双方都有争议。
    • attempts to address the racial divide in this country处理这个国家中种族差异的尝试
    • The danger is that the internet will simply widen the divide between the information rich and the information poor.危险在于,互联网只会扩大信息富人和信息穷人之间的鸿沟。
    • the digital divide between people with access to technology and those without有途径获得技术的人与接触不到技术的人之间的数字鸿沟
    Oxford Collocations Dictionaryadjective
    • big
    • deep
    • great
    verb + divide
    • create
    • widen
    • close
    divide + verb
    • widen
    • narrow
    • open
    • divide between
    • divide in
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  2. between rivers河流之间

  3. (especially North American English) a line of high land that separates two systems of rivers分水岭;分水线 synonym watershed
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): from Latin dividere ‘force apart, remove’. The noun dates from the mid 17th cent.
bridge the gap/gulf/divide (between A and B)
  1. to reduce or get rid of the differences that exist between two things or groups of people消除(甲、乙间的)隔阂/鸿沟/分歧
    • The new degree course aims to bridge the gulf between education and industry.新的学位课程旨在弥合教育和实业之间的脱节。
TOEFL BNC: 1544 COCA: 1942


ADJECTIVE | VERB + DIVIDE | DIVIDE + VERB | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEbig, deep, great, sharp大的差異;深刻的分歧;巨大的差距;鮮明的差異growing日益增大的差距north-south, etc.南北等差距class, cultural, economic, ethnic, gender, generational, ideological, political, racial, religious, sectarian, social階級/文化/經濟/民族/性別/代際/意識形態/政治/種族/宗教/宗派/社會差異partisan, party黨派分歧digital數字鴻溝the digital divide between people with access to technology and those without有途徑獲得技術的人與接觸不到技術的人之間的數字鴻溝VERB + DIVIDEcreate製造分歧widen擴大差距policies which have widened the divide between rich and poor導致貧富差距擴大的政策close, narrow縮小差距bridge, cross, straddle彌合/跨越/超越差異advice on bridging cultural divides彌合文化差異的建議It's a friendship which crosses the divide of social class.這是一種跨越社會階層差異的友誼。a style which straddles the divide between classic and modern跨越古典與現代界限的一種風格address處理分歧attempts to address the racial divide in this country處理這個國家中種族差異的嘗試DIVIDE + VERBwiden差異擴大narrow差異縮小open, open up差異產生separate sth差異分開某物a divide separating those who have access to computers and those who don't有電腦使用的人和無電腦使用的人之間的一條分界線PREPOSITIONdivide between在⋯之間的分界線the sharp divide between rich and poor regions貧富地區之間清晰的分界divide in在⋯上的分歧The leader's speech aimed to close the embarrassing divide in party ranks.領導人的講話旨在縮小黨內各派令人尷尬的分歧。


1separate into parts分開ADVERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADVERBbroadly, roughly大致/粗略劃分This report is divided broadly into two parts.報告大致分兩部份。exactly確切劃分clearly清楚地劃分conveniently, neatly方便地/簡明地劃分Vegetarians divide neatly into two groups.素食者清晰地分成兩類。evenly均分arbitrarily, randomly任意/隨機劃分They were randomly divided into three groups.他們被隨機分成三組。PREPOSITIONinto分為⋯The children divided into three teams.孩子們分為 3 個隊。PHRASESdivide in two一分為二the point where the river divides in two河流的分叉點


2share分享ADVERB | PREPOSITION ADVERBequally平均分配PREPOSITIONamong在⋯之間分發The money was divided equally among his sons.這筆錢由他的兒子們平分了。between在兩者之間分配They divided their time between London and Boston.他們一部份時間在倫敦,一部份時間在波士頓。


3cause disagreement引起分歧ADVERB | PHRASES ADVERBbitterly, deeply, seriously, sharply使嚴重分裂;使有重大分歧This issue has bitterly divided the community.這個問題造成社會嚴重分化。increasingly愈演愈烈地對立closely, evenly勢均力敵地對立ethnically, politically, racially民族/政治/種族對立The fragile peace has deteriorated in this ethnically divided city.脆弱的和平局勢在這個種族對立的城市中惡化了。PHRASESbe divided about sth, be divided on sth, be divided over sth在⋯上意見分歧Board members were deeply divided on the issue.董事會成員在這個問題上分歧很大。
TOEFL BNC: 1544 COCA: 1942
divide verb
divide1 (cells divide) divide2 (an issue divides people) isolate (divide a mother from her child) separate2 (A fence divides off the western side of the grounds.) share (divide your money/time)


cells divide/divide sth up into sections 细胞分裂;把某物分成几部分The issue has divided the government. 这个问题在政府中引起了意见分歧。divide ♦︎ break (sth) up ♦︎ split ♦︎ cut sth up ♦︎ subdivide ♦︎ split (sb) up ♦︎ separate (sth) outThese words all mean to become, or to make sth become, two or more parts instead of one whole thing. 这些词均表示分裂、分开或使某物分开。PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS 句型和搭配to divide / break / split / cut sth upto divide (sth) / break sth up / split sth / subdivide sth into partsto divide (sth) / break sth up / split sth into sectionsto divide (sth) / split sth / cut sth up into piecesto divide (sb) / split sb / subdivide sth / split (sb) up into groupsto divide / split (sth) in two / in half divide [intransitive, transitive] to become, or to make sth become, two or more parts or groups instead of one whole thing (使)分开,分散,分割The cells began to divide rapidly.细胞开始迅速分裂。We reached the point where the river divides in two.我们到了河流的分岔处。This report is divided broadly into two parts.这份报告大致分为两部分。A sentence can be divided up into meaningful segments.句子可以划分成一些意义单元。 ˌbreak ˈup ˌbreak sth ˈup

phrasal verb

(broke, broken)to divide, or to make sth divide, into several smaller parts 散开;解散;拆开;分割The grey clouds had begun to break up.乌云开始消散了。Much has changed since the Soviet Union broke up.苏联解体后发生了很大的变化。Break up the chocolate and place it in a bowl.把巧克力分割成小块放在碗里。The ship was broken up for scrap metal.那艘船被拆解成废金属。Sentences can be broken up into clauses.一些句子可以分解成从句。
split (splitting, split, split) [intransitive, transitive] to divide, or to make sth divide, into two or more parts or groups 分开,使分开(成几部分)The results split neatly into two groups.结果清晰地分成两类。Slate splits easily into thin sheets.板岩很容易分割成薄片。Which scientist first split the atom?是哪位科学家最早把原子分裂开来的?She split the class into groups of four.她把全班分成若干个四人小组。The day was split up into six one-hour sessions.一天的活动分成六个时段,每个时段一小时。NOTE 辨析 Divide, break up or split? Divide is slightly more formal than break up or split. Break up often suggests a degree of force: things break up because people or circumstances have forced them to and they cannot hold together any more. When sth has broken up, or been broken up, it can no longer be considered part of a whole thing. * divide比break up或split稍正式些,break up常暗示一定程度的外力,由于人为或环境的力量,事物无法聚合在一起。某物break up或be broken up之后,就不再被看作整体的一部分The empire was broken up into different parts (= it was no longer an empire).这个帝国解体成了不同的国家。The empire was divided / split into different parts (= it was still an empire but contained separate areas).这个帝国划分成若干不同的地区。Things usually divide or split because it is natural for them to do so, although this is not always the case with particular collocations: cells divide naturally, but atoms can only be split using a great deal of force. * divide和split通常指事物自然正常分裂,但在一些特定搭配中并非总是如此:细胞分裂(cells divide)属于自然分裂,原子分裂(atoms are split)则需要借助强大的外力。 ˌcut sth ˈup

phrasal verb

(cutting, cut, cut)to divide sth into small pieces, especially by using a knife or scissors 切碎;剁碎;剪碎He cut up the meat on his plate.他在盘子上把肉切成小块。I cut the paper up into small segments.我把那张纸剪成小片。
subdivide ˈsʌbdɪvaɪd, ˌsʌbdɪˈvaɪd [transitive, often passive] (rather formal) to divide sth into smaller parts, especially when it has already been divided once and each part is being divided again 再分割;再分Each of the chapters is subdivided into several double-page spreads.每一章又被细分为几个跨页。 ˌsplit ˈup ˌsplit sb ˈup

phrasal verb

(splitting, split, split)(of a group of people) to separate from each other, either as individuals or in smaller groups; to divide a group of people into smaller groups; to separate two or more people from each other (人群)分成小组,化整为零;拆散Let's split up now and meet again at lunchtime.我们现在先分开,午饭时再集合。We were split up into groups to discuss the question.我们分组讨论了那个问题。You two are talking too much. I'm going to have to split you up.你们俩在一起话太多了,我得把你们分开。
ˌseparate ˈout ˌseparate sth ˈout

phrasal verb

(of the different parts of sth) to move apart and become separate; to make the different parts of sth do this; to see the difference between things which are different but together (某物的不同部分)分开;分开(不同部分);区分Particles will separate out as the smoke disperses.微粒会随着烟的消散而分离。More and more households are separating out recyclable waste.越来越多的家庭开始把可回收利用的垃圾分类。We need to separate out fact from speculation.我们需要把事实与猜测区分开来。 Separate out is used to emphasize that each part can be considered a complete thing in itself. * separate out用于强调每一部分都可看作一个整体The particles separate out (= they move away from each other).那些颗粒分散开了。The particles will divide (= each particle will become two or more separate parts).那些颗粒将分解成细小的部分。


cells divide/divide sth up into sections 细胞分裂;把某物分成几部分The issue has divided the government. 这个问题在政府中引起了意见分歧。divide ♦︎ split ♦︎ alienate ♦︎ separate ♦︎ be/become estranged ♦︎ come between sb and sbThese words all mean to make people disagree or become emotionally distant from each other. 这些词均表示使人意见分歧或感情疏远。PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS 句型和搭配to be divided / split over sthto be alienated / estranged from sbto be increasingly divided / split / alienated / separated / estrangedto be deeply divided / splitto be totally alienated / separatedto be completely separated / estranged divide [transitive](of an issue) to make two or more people disagree (议题)使产生分歧,使意见不一The issue has bitterly divided the community.这个问题在该区居民中引起了强烈的意见分歧。The government is divided on the question of tax cuts.政府在减税问题上产生了分歧。 split (splitting, split, split) [intransitive, transitive] to divide into smaller groups that have very different opinions; (of an issue) to make a group of people do this 分裂,使分裂(成不同的派别);(议题)使产生分歧The committee split over government subsidies.在政府补贴问题上,委员会出现了相互对立的意见。The debate has split the country down the middle.那场争论把这个国家分成了两大派。NOTE 辨析 Divide or split? Divide suggests that the disagreement may be temporary; if two or more people split, the disagreement may be permanent. Divide is not usually used in this meaning without an object. * divide暗示意见分歧是暂时性的,split则暗示意见分歧可能是永久性的。divide用于此义时通常接宾语。 alienate ˈeɪliəneɪt [transitive] (rather formal) to make sb feel that they do not belong in a particular group 使(与某群体)格格不入;使疏远Very talented children may feel alienated from the others in their class.天资出众的孩子可能觉得与班上的同学格格不入。It is important that the new policies do not alienate our core supporters.重要的是新政策不会使我们的主要拥护者离我们而去。 separate [transitive] to make sb/sth different in some way from sb/sth else 区分;区别Politics is the only thing that separates us (= that we disagree about).我们之间唯一的分歧在于政治观点。Her lack of religious faith separated her from the rest of her family.她缺乏宗教信仰,这使她跟家里的人格格不入。Only four points separate the top three teams.领先的三支球队只相差四分。 be estranged become estranged [intransitive] (rather formal) to no longer be, or to stop being, friendly, loyal or in contact with sb, especially sb in your family 变得(与某人,尤其是家人)疏远;断绝联系He became estranged from his family after the argument.那场争吵后他便与家人疏远了。 ˌcome beˈtween sb and sb

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(came, come) [no passive] to damage a relationship between two people 损害⋯之间的关系;离间I'd hate anything to come between us.我不喜欢任何有损我们之间关系的事情。Must she always come between us?她干吗非得离间我们?The subject of come between sb and sb can be a person, a problem, a feeling, a belief, an argument, a situation or almost anything. * come between sb and sb的主语几乎可以是任何事物,如人、问题、感情、信仰、论点、局势等。
TOEFL BNC: 1544 COCA: 1942

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