di•vide/dɪˈvaɪd/USA pronunciationv.,-vid•ed, -vid•ing,n. v.
to (cause to) become separated into parts: [~ + object]I divided the class and took one section to the library and left the other to write an essay.[~ + object + into + object]I divided the class into groups and took one to the library.[no object]The group divided and headed off in different directions.[~ + into + object]The audience divided into groups.
to deal out in parts; distribute in shares:[~ + (up + ) object + among/between + object]We divided (up) the pie among the five of us.
to separate and classify, arrange, or put in order:[~ + object]She divided the pencils by color.
to separate in opinion or feeling; cause to disagree:[~ + object]The issue divided the senators.
Mathematicsto separate (a number) into equal parts by division:
[~ + number + into + number] to discover how many times one number is contained evenly in the second:Divide 5 into 50; you'll get 10.
[~ + number + by + number] to discover how many times the first number contains the second number evenly:Divide 50 by 5; you'll get 10.
Weights and Measures to mark a uniform scale on (a ruler, etc.):[~ + object]The ruler is divided into centimeters.