divide up


divide up
1) PHRASAL VERB If you divide something up, you separate it into smaller or more useful groups.

[V P n (not pron) into pl-n] The idea is to divide up the country into four sectors...

[V n P into pl-n] The National Trust needs a new Act of Parliament, to divide it up into smaller bodies and permit some of its properties to revert to private ownership. [Also V n P]

2) PHRASAL VERB If you divide something up, you share it out among a number of people or groups in approximately equal parts.

[V P n (not pron)] The aim was to divide up the business, give everyone an equal stake in its future. [Also V n P]


English dictionary. 2008.