split Definition

  • 1to divide or separate into parts or groups
  • 2to break or cause to break abruptly into two or more parts
  • 3to leave or cause to leave a place suddenly or quickly

Using split: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "split" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She split the cake into equal pieces.

  • Example

    The wood split in half when he hit it with the axe.

  • Example

    I need to split from this party, it's getting boring.

  • Example

    The company is splitting into two separate entities.

  • Example

    They split up after being together for five years.

split Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for split

Idioms Using split

  • to reach a compromise by agreeing on a middle point between two positions


    They couldn't agree on the price, so they decided to split the difference and settle on a lower amount.

  • split one's sides

    to laugh very hard


    The comedian's jokes were so funny that we were splitting our sides with laughter.

  • split one's head open

    to receive a severe head injury


    He fell off his bike and split his head open.

Phrases with split

  • to argue or worry about very small details or differences that are not important


    We don't need to split hairs over minor issues.

  • a very short moment of time


    He made a split-second decision to swerve and avoid the accident.

  • a condition in which a person's personality is divided into two or more distinct parts, each with its own way of thinking and behaving


    The character in the movie had a split personality, which made him unpredictable.

Origins of split

from Old English 'splettan', meaning 'to split'


Summary: split in Brief

The verb 'split' [splɪt] means to divide or separate into parts or groups, to break or cause to break abruptly into two or more parts, or to leave or cause to leave a place suddenly or quickly. It can refer to physical objects like wood or abstract concepts like companies or relationships. Phrases like 'split hairs' and idioms like 'split the difference' extend the meaning to arguing over small details or reaching a compromise. 'Split' can also be used in expressions like 'split second,' 'split personality,' and 'split one's sides.'

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