- (RP) IPA: /dɪˈvɔːs/
- (America) IPA: /dɪˈvɔɹs/
- (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /dɪˈvo(ː)ɹs/
- (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /dɪˈvoəs/
- The legal dissolution of a marriage.
- Richard obtained a divorce from his wife some years ago, but hasn't returned to the dating scene.
- 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.
- (obsolete) That which separates.
- (legal dissolution of a marriage) divorcement
- (separation of connected things) partition, separation, severance
- French: divorce
- German: Scheidung, Ehescheidung
- Italian: divorzio
- Portuguese: divórcio, separação
- Russian: разво́д
- Spanish: divorcio
divorce (divorces, present participle divorcing; past and past participle divorced)
- (transitive) To legally dissolve a marriage between two people.
- A ship captain can marry couples, but cannot divorce them.
- (transitive) To end one's own marriage to (a person) in this way.
- Lucy divorced Steve when she discovered that he had been unfaithful.
- (intransitive) To obtain a legal divorce.
- Edna and Simon divorced last year; he got the house, and she retained the business.
- (transitive) To separate something that was connected.
- The radical group voted to divorce itself from the main faction and start an independent movement.
- c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv], page 269 ↗:
- He is knight dubb'd with vnhatche'd Rapier, and on carpet conſideration, but he is a diuell in priuate brawl#English|brall, soules and bodies hath he diuorc'd three, and his incenſement at this moment is ſo implacable, that ſatisfaction can be none, but by pangs of death and ſepulcher: Hob, nob, is his word: giu't or take't.
- (to legally dissolve a marriage) split up
- (to separate something that was connected) disassociate, disjoint, dissociate, disunite, separate
- French: divorcer
- German: scheiden
- Italian: divorziare
- Portuguese: divorciar
- Russian: разводи́ть
- Spanish: divorciar
- Portuguese: separar
- Russian: отделя́ться