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Meaning of CLEAVE

Pronunciation:  kleev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
  2. [v]  separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument; "cleave the bone"
  3. [v]  make by cutting into; "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"

CLEAVE is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: adhere, cling, cohere, rive, split, stick
 See Also: adjoin, agglutinate, attach, conglutinate, contact, create, cut, laminate, make, maul, meet, mold, tear, touch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cleave\ (kl[=e]v), v. i. [imp. {Cleaved} (kl[=e]vd),
    {Clave} (kl[=a]v, Obs.); p. p. {Cleaved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleovien, clivien, cliven, AS. cleofian,
    clifian; akin to OS. klib[=o]n, G. kleben, LG. kliven, D.
    kleven, Dan. kl[ae]be, Sw. klibba, and also to G. kleiben to
    cleve, paste, Icel. kl[=i]fa to climb. Cf. {Climb}.]
    1. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
             My bones cleave to my skin.           --Ps. cii. 5.
             The diseases of Egypt . . . shall cleave unto thee.
                                                   xxviii. 60.
             Sophistry cleaves close to and protects Sin's rotten
             trunk, concealing its defects.        --Cowper.
    2. To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to
       adhere with strong attachment.
             Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
             mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. --Gen. ii.
             Cleave unto the Lord your God.        --Josh. xxiii.
    3. To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate. [Poetic.]
             New honors come upon him, Like our strange garments,
             cleave not to their mold But with the aid of use.
  2. \Cleave\ (kl[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Cleft} (kl[e^]ft),
    {Clave} (kl[=a]v, Obs.), {Clove} (kl[=o]v, Obsolescent); p.
    p. {Cleft}, {Cleaved} (kl[=e]vd) or {Cloven} (kl[=o]"v'n); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Cleaving}.] [OE. cleoven, cleven, AS.
    cle['o]fan; akin to OS. klioban, D. klooven, G. klieben,
    Icel. klj[=u]fa, Sw. klyfva, Dan. kl["o]ve and prob. to Gr.
    gly`fein to carve, L. glubere to peel. Cf. {Cleft}.]
    1. To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut.
             O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain. --Shak.
    2. To part or open naturally; to divide.
             Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the
             cleft into two claws.                 --Deut. xiv.
  3. \Cleave\, v. i.
    To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies;
    as, the ground cleaves by frost.
          The Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst. --Zech.
                                                   xiv. 4.
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