divorce

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From Old French divorce, from Latin dīvortium, from dīvertere (to turn aside), from dī- (apart) + vertere (to turn); see verse.

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divorce (plural divorces)

  1. The legal dissolution of a marriage.
    Richard obtained a divorce from his wife some years ago, but hasn't returned to the dating scene.
  2. A separation of connected things.
    The Civil War split between Virginia and West Virginia was a divorce based along cultural and economic as well as geographic lines.
    • Shakespeare
      to make divorce of their incorporate league
  3. (obsolete) That which separates.
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divorce (third-person singular simple present divorces, present participle divorcing, simple past and past participle divorced)

  1. (transitive) To legally dissolve a marriage between two people.
    A ship captain can marry couples, but cannot divorce them.
  2. (transitive) To end one's own marriage in this way.
    Lucy divorced Steve when she discovered that he had been unfaithful.
  3. (transitive) To separate something that was connected.
    The radical group voted to divorce itself from the main faction and start an independent movement.
  4. (intransitive) To obtain a legal divorce.
    Edna and Simon divorced last year; he got the house, and she retained the business.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin divortium.

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divorce m (plural divorces)

  1. divorce

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divorce

  1. first-person singular present indicative of divorcer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of divorcer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of divorcer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of divorcer
  5. second-person singular imperative of divorcer