Divide vs Proliferate - What's the difference?

divide | proliferate |

As verbs the difference between divide and proliferate

is that divide is to split or separate (something) into two or more parts while proliferate is to increase in number or spread rapidly.

As a noun divide

is a thing that divides.




  • To split or separate (something) into two or more parts.
  • a wall divides''' two houses; a stream '''divides the towns
  • * Bible, 1 Kings iii. 25
  • Divide the living child in two.
  • To share (something) by dividing it.
  • * Spenser
  • true justice unto people to divide
  • (arithmetic) To calculate the number (the quotient) by which you must multiply one given number (the divisor) to produce a second given number (the dividend).
  • (arithmetic) To be a divisor of.
  • To separate into two or more parts.
  • (biology) Of a cell, to reproduce by dividing.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=[The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, and that in several cases these bacteria were dividing and thus, by the perverse arithmetic of biological terminology, multiplying.}}
  • To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance.
  • * Bible, Mark iii. 24
  • If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
  • * Prescott
  • Every family became now divided within itself.
  • (obsolete) To break friendship; to fall out.
  • * 1605 , , I. ii. 107:
  • love cools, friendship / falls off, brothers divide .
  • (obsolete) To have a share; to partake.
  • * 1608 , , I. vi. 87:
  • Make good this ostentation, and you shall / Divide in all with us.
  • To vote, as in the British Parliament, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes.
  • * Gibbon
  • The emperors sat, voted, and divided with their equals.
  • To mark divisions on; to graduate.
  • to divide a sextant
  • (music) To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations.
  • (Spenser)


    * (split into two or more parts) cut up, disunite, partition, split, split up * (share by dividing) divvy up, divide up, share, share out * (separate into two or more parts) separate, shear, split, split up


    * (split into two or more parts) combine, merge, unify, unite * (calculate times of multiplication) multiply

    See also

    * quotient * separate


    (en noun)
  • A thing that divides.
  • Stay on your side of the divide , please.
  • An act of dividing.
  • The divide left most of the good land on my share of the property.
  • A distancing between two people or things.
  • There is a great divide between us.
  • (geography) A large chasm, gorge, or ravine between two areas of land.
  • If you're heading to the coast, you'll have to cross the divide first.




  • To increase in number or spread rapidly.
  • The flowers proliferated rapidly all spring.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=2 citation , passage=But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries.  By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.}}