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Definitions of cleave

  1. To adhere or cling to; to fit. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To part asunder; to crack. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To part or open naturally; to divide. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Cut open; to divide by force. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To divide, to split: to separate with violence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To split; to sever. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with strong attachment. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies; as, the ground cleaves by frost. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To stick; to adhere; be attached strongly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To part asunder: to crack:-pr.p. cleaving; pa.t. clove or cleft; pa.p. cloven or cleft. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To crack; part asunder. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To stick; to adhere. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To stick fast cling; adhere. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. make by cutting into; "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. To part or divide by force; to rive; to part or open naturally. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To adhere to; to stick to; to be united in interest or affection. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. To split; to part or divide by force; to crack; to part; to open. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Cleaving. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Cloven or cleft. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Cleavable. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Clave, Cleaved. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. Cleft, clove. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. Cleaved or clave. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. Clove or cleft. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. Cleaved. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. Cleft, cloven, cleaved. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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  1. While there are multitudes of admirers of Religion, as one of a higher order of beings altogether above and beyond themselves, there are few who make her the companion of their daily walk- few who take her to themselves and, in the firm conviction that they were made for each other, leave all things else, cleave unto and become one with her. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  2. Does it mean that toil and action are the price that man shall pay, Striving the strait gait to enter, pressing on the narrow way, Clearing it from shade and hindrance, with strong arm and purpose high, " Raise the stone and thou shalt find Me, cleave the wood and there am I"? – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
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