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cleave

[ kleev ]SEE DEFINITION OF cleave
  • verbdivide, split
  • verbstand by, stick together

Synonyms for cleave

  • hew
  • sunder
  • carve
  • chop
  • crack
  • cut
  • dissect
  • dissever
  • disunite
  • divorce
  • hack
  • open
  • part
  • pierce
  • rend
  • rip
  • rive
  • separate
  • sever
  • slice
  • stab
  • whack
  • tear asunder
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Antonyms for cleave

  • close
  • combine
  • connect
  • join
  • marry
  • mend
  • sew
  • unite
  • meld
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEAVE

If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.

Born and bred to the sea I was, and to the sea I will cleave.

"I believe the Bible says to leave all and cleave unto your wife," returned Garrison.

Does not the Bible say, 'You must leave father and mother, and cleave to me'?

Cleave made a slight gesture, sullen, weary, and determined.

Cleave returned to Tullius and the small fire by the pawpaw bushes.

Cleave dismounted, and came, hat in hand, to the coach window.

It was only Cleave's patient insistence that had procured them at last.

But Cleave's company, by virtue of Cleave himself, was fairly equipped.

Cleave, hatless, bleeding from a bayonet thrust in the arm, ordered the retreat.

WORD ORIGIN

"to split," Old English cleofan, cleven, cliven "to split, separate" (class II strong verb, past tense cleaf, past participle clofen), from Proto-Germanic *kleubanan (cf. Old Saxon klioban, Old Norse kljufa, Danish klöve, Dutch kloven, Old High German klioban, German klieben "to cleave, split"), from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (see glyph).

Past tense form clave is recorded in Northern writers from 14c. and was used with both verbs (see cleave (v.2)), apparently by analogy with other Middle English strong verbs. Clave was common to c.1600 and still alive at the time of the KJV; weak past tense cleaved for this verb also emerged in 14c.; cleft is still later. The past participle cloven survives, though mostly in compounds.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLEAVE

adhere

verbstick or become stuck to, either physically or mentally
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