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cleave - Dictionary definition and meaning for word cleave

(verb) separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
Synonyms : rive , split
Example Sentence
  • cleave the bone

(verb) make by cutting into
Example Sentence
  • The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock

(verb) come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
Synonyms : adhere , cling , cohere , stick
Example Sentence
  • The dress clings to her body
  • The label stuck to the box
  • The sushi rice grains cohere

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for cleave

just relate it to cleavage..
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by anshulnirvana

cleave-Cant LEAVE...hold together.
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by winder

the cleavage holds the melon pack firmly
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by vivekkarumudi

it is a funnt word...it means both STICK TO and SPLIT...!!!
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by sravan1411

cleaveland state university is divided based on the branches it has, so cleave means split
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by sabitha.poladi@gmail.com

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