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split
split1 [ splıt ] (past tense and past participle split) verb **
1. ) split or split up intransitive or transitive to divide a group into smaller groups:
Let's split into groups and work separately.
Many American families are split by large geographical distances.
a ) intransitive or transitive to divide or break something into several parts:
Just split the cake into three and leave one piece for Simon.
The lower section splits into three parts.
b ) transitive to share something by dividing it into separate parts:
I split my working hours between three offices.
I suggest we split the bill (=divide it evenly).
split something between/among someone: The Republican vote was split fairly evenly among four candidates.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to make a long thin cut or break in something:
How did you split your pants?
One of the boxes fell and split open.
a ) transitive to make a long thin cut in your skin:
She fell and split her lip.
3. ) intransitive to separate from a group or organization:
1979 was the year they split from the party.
4. ) intransitive INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED to leave a place:
It's getting late I'll have to split.
be split on/over something
to be unable to agree about something
split the difference SPOKEN
to do, give, or take an amount of something that is between two other amounts, often as a way of reaching an agreement
split hairs
to argue or worry about very small details or differences that are not important
split your sides INFORMAL
to laugh a lot
,split `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive:
Split up into four groups.
2. ) intransitive to end a marriage or romantic relationship:
Her parents split up a few months ago.
split
split 2 [ splıt ] noun count *
▸ 1 way of dividing something
▸ 2 division of group
▸ 3 cut/break in something
▸ 4 difference
▸ 5 spreading of legs
1. ) a way of dividing something:
a fifty-fifty split in the voting
a three-way/four-way split
2. ) a division of a large group into smaller groups because of a disagreement:
The split in the party could have had a disastrous effect in the election.
a ) a disagreement that causes a group to divide into smaller groups:
There is anxiety about the growing split over foreign policy.
3. ) a cut or break in something:
a small split in the fabric
4. ) a difference between things:
There's a big split between the attitudes of managers and junior staff.
5. ) the splits a position in which you rest on the floor with your legs spread wide in opposite directions

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