Synonyms of split
1 breakDictionary • In a severe gale the ship split in two.
break • The bandage must be put on when the blister breaks.
crack • A gas main had cracked under my neighbour's garage.
burst • The driver lost control when a tyre burst.
open • The ground opened beneath his feet.
splinter • The ruler cracked and splintered into pieces.
gape • A hole gaped in the roof.
come apart • The whole thing just came apart in my hands.
2 cutDictionary • He started on the main course while she split the avocados.
cut • Cut the tomatoes into small pieces.
break • He fell through the window, breaking the glass.
crack • Crack the eggs into a bowl.
snap • The brake pedal had just snapped.
chop • We were set to work chopping wood.
hew • He felled, peeled and hewed his own timber.
3 divideDictionary • It is feared they could split the government.
divide • the artificial line that divided the city
separate • Police moved in to separate the two groups.
disband • All the armed groups will be disbanded.
cleave • The axe had cleaved open the back of his skull.
set at odds
set at variance
4 divergeDictionary • that place where the road split in two
diverge • The aims of the partners began to diverge.
separate • We separated to inspect different areas of the place.
fork • Beyond the village the road forked.
part • The clouds parted and a shaft of sunlight broke through.
go separate ways
5 tearDictionary • The seat of his short grey trousers split.
tear • She very nearly tore my overcoat.
rend (literary) • pain that rends the heart
rip • I tried not to rip the paper.
slash • He nearly bled to death after slashing his wrists.
slit • They say somebody slit her throat.
6 share out • Split the wages between you.
divide • Divide the soup among four bowls.
distribute • He began to distribute jobs among his friends.
allocate • Tickets will be allocated to those who apply first.
partition • Korea was partitioned in 1945.
allot • We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
apportion • They are even-handed in apportioning the blame.
divvy up (informal)
1 divisionDictionary • a split in the party
division • the division between the prosperous west and the impoverished east
break • a break in the earth's surface
breach • the breach between Tito and Stalin
rift • They hope to heal the rift with their father.
rupture • a major rupture between the two countries
discord • He foments discord among the allies.
schism • The church seems to be on the brink of schism.
estrangement • The quarrel marked the beginning of a 20-year estrangement.
2 separationDictionary • The split from her husband was acrimonious.
separation • They agreed to a trial separation.
break • There is some threat of a break in relations between them.
divorce • Numerous marriages now end in divorce.
break-up • a marital break-up
3 crackDictionary • The seat had a few small splits around the corners.
crack • The plate had a crack in it.
tear • I peered through a tear in the van's curtains.
rip • She looked at the rip in her new dress.
gap • the wind tearing through gaps in the window frames
rent • a small rent in the silk
breach • A large battering ram hammered a breach in the wall.
slash • deep slashes in the meat
slit • She watched them through a slit in the curtain.
fissure • There was a great crack, and a fissure opened up.
1 dividedDictionary • The Kremlin is deeply split in its approach to foreign policy.
disunited • an increasingly disunited party
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ split off
▷ split up
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allocateIf one item or share of something is allocated to a particular person or for a particular purpose, it is given to that person or used for that purpose.
• Tickets will be allocated to those who apply first.
allotIf something is allotted to someone, it is given to them as their share.
• We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
apportionWhen you apportion something such as blame, you decide how much of it different people deserve or should be given.
• They are even-handed in apportioning the blame.
Thesaurus for split from the Collins English Thesaurus
to break or cause to break, esp forcibly, by cleaving into separate pieces, often into two roughly equal pieces
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