# Divide vs. Apart: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sumera Saeed || Published on December 25, 2023
Divide refers to separate or split into parts or segments. Apart refers to be separated, at a distance, or not together.

## Key Differences

'Divide' typically refers to the action of splitting or separating something into parts, whereas 'apart' describes a state or condition of being separated or distanced. Divide implies an active process, while apart indicates a resultant state.
Sumera Saeed
Dec 25, 2023
In usage, divide often involves physically splitting objects or abstract concepts, like dividing a cake or opinions. Apart, however, emphasizes the distance or separation, like friends living apart or pieces kept apart.
Sumera Saeed
Dec 25, 2023
Divide can also suggest division in mathematical or scientific contexts, as in dividing numbers. Apart, on the other hand, is used in spatial or relational contexts, highlighting disconnection or detachment.
Huma Saeed
Dec 25, 2023
In a metaphorical sense, divide can indicate creating differences or distinctions, as in dividing opinions. Apart signifies isolation or individuality, as in standing apart from the crowd.
Janet White
Dec 25, 2023

## Comparison Chart

### Action vs. State

Active process of separating
State of being separated
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### Usage Context

Splitting objects/concepts
Emphasizing distance/separation
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### Mathematical/Scientific Context

Division of numbers
Not applicable
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### Spatial/Relational Context

Separating entities
Describing disconnection
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### Metaphorical Use

Creating distinctions
Signifying isolation
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Dec 25, 2023

## Divide and Apart Definitions

#### Divide

Split into parts.
They decided to divide the profits equally.
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Dec 07, 2023

#### Apart

Excluding or not including.
Apart from the rain, it was a good day.
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#### Divide

Separate into groups.
The teacher divided the class into teams.
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#### Apart

In pieces.
The toy fell apart easily.
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Dec 07, 2023

#### Divide

Mathematical operation.
Divide 10 by 2 to get 5.
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Dec 07, 2023

#### Apart

As an aside.
Apart from that, I have no further comments.
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Dec 07, 2023

#### Divide

Create a boundary.
A river divides the two towns.
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Dec 07, 2023

#### Apart

Separated by distance.
They stood apart from each other.
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#### Divide

Cause disagreement.
The issue divided public opinion.
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Dec 07, 2023

#### Apart

To be distinct or different.
His ideas set him apart.
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Dec 07, 2023

#### Divide

To separate into parts, sections, groups, or branches
Divided the students into four groups.
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Dec 06, 2023

#### Apart

At a distance in place, position, or time
Railings spaced two feet apart.
Born three years apart.
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#### Divide

To form a border or barrier between
A mountain chain divides France and Spain.
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## FAQs

#### What does divide mean?

To split or separate into parts.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Can divide be used in math?

Yes, as a mathematical operation of division.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Does divide imply physical separation?

Often, but it can also be abstract.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 25, 2023

#### Can apart imply uniqueness?

Yes, as in being distinct or separate.
Harlon Moss
Dec 25, 2023

#### Can divide apply to opinions?

Yes, as in dividing people's views.
Janet White
Dec 25, 2023

#### What does apart mean?

Being separated or at a distance.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Can apart refer to feelings?

Yes, like feeling emotionally apart.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Is apart used spatially?

Yes, to describe physical or emotional distance.
Harlon Moss
Dec 25, 2023

#### Can apart describe a condition of things?

Yes, like something falling apart.
Janet White
Dec 25, 2023

#### Is divide used metaphorically?

Yes, it can indicate creating distinctions or disagreement.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Does apart have a metaphorical use?

Yes, in expressing distinction or exclusion.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Is divide always intentional?

Not necessarily, it can be natural or accidental.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Does divide have a positive connotation?

It can be neutral, positive, or negative.
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Is apart used in idioms?

Yes, like "worlds apart."
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Can divide be a noun?

Yes, referring to a division or boundary.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 25, 2023

#### Can divide refer to social issues?

Yes, like dividing communities.
Janet White
Dec 25, 2023

#### Does divide imply a clear separation?

Typically, but the extent can vary.
Janet White
Dec 25, 2023

#### Can apart mean 'aside from'?

Yes, as in "apart from that..."
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Dec 25, 2023

#### Is apart a preposition?

Yes, it can function as one.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 25, 2023

#### Does apart have a singular focus?

Often, it highlights individuality or separation.
Janet White
Dec 25, 2023