cleave

[[t]kli͟ːv[/t]]
cleaves, cleaving
(The past tense can be either cleaved or clove; the past participle can be cleaved, cloven, or cleft for meaning 1, and is cleaved for meaning 2.)
1) VERB To cleave something means to split or divide it into two separate parts, often violently. [LITERARY]

[V n] They just cleave the stone along the cracks and trim each piece with a hammer.

Syn:
2) VERB If someone cleaves to something or to someone else, they begin or continue to have strong feelings of loyalty towards them. [FORMAL]

[V to n] She teaches the principles she has cleaved to for more than 40 years...

[V to n] He still clove to this ideal.


English dictionary. 2008.

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