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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cleave

    Rend and tear are applied to the separating of textile substances into parts by force violently applied (rend also to frangible substances), tear being the milder, rend the stronger word. Rive is a wood-workers' word for parting wood in the way of the grain without a clean cut. To lacerate is to tear roughly the flesh or animal tissue, as by the teeth of a wild beast; a lacerated wound is distinguished from a wound made by a clean cut or incision. Mangle is a stronger word than lacerate; lacerate is more superficial, mangle more complete. To burst or rupture is to tear or rend by force from within, burst denoting the greater violence; as, to burst a gun; to rupture a blood-vessel; a steam-boiler may be ruptured when its substance is made to divide by internal pressure without explosion. To rip, as usually applied to garments or other articles made by sewing or stitching, is to divide along the line of a seam by cutting or breaking the stitches; the other senses bear some resemblance or analogy to this; as, to rip open a wound. Compare BREAK.

    Synonyms:
    break, burst, lacerate, mangle, rend, rip, rive, rupture, sever, slit, sunder, tear

    Antonyms:
    heal, join, mend, reunite, secure, sew, solder, stitch, unite, weld

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cleave

    Synonyms:
    sunder, split, divide, adhere, rend, dissever, stick

    Antonyms:
    conserve, unite, splice, bond, cement, agglutinate, consolidate, separate, depart, desert, apostatize, secede

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cleave, split, riveverb

    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

    "cleave the bone"

    Synonyms:
    divide, carve up, separate, cohere, adhere, dissever, split, part, break open, break, cling, stick, pull, burst, split up, break up, rip, rive, rend

  2. cleaveverb

    make by cutting into

    "The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock"

    Synonyms:
    cohere, adhere, split, stick, cling, rive

  3. cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohereverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    stand by, stupefy, stick by, baffle, stick, perplex, bond, get, mystify, flummox, cling, bind, beat, stick around, nonplus, rive, dumbfound, split, lodge, sting, hold fast, deposit, amaze, stick to, stay put, gravel, cohere, stay, hang, bewilder, wedge, vex, pose, puzzle, adhere

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cleaveverb

    Synonyms:
    adhere, cohere, stick, hold, be attached

  2. cleaveverb

    Synonyms:
    cling, be united, be joined

  3. cleaveverb

    Synonyms:
    separate, divide, part, open, split, crack, be divided, be sundered, be severed

  4. cleaveverb

    Synonyms:
    split, rive, tear asunder

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cleaveverb

    Synonyms:
    adhere, cling, be loyal, split, rive, separate

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How to use cleave in a sentence?

  1. Arthur Miller, The Crucible, act II:

    Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.

  2. Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    Cleave never to the sunnier side of doubt.

  3. Jeffrey Lewis:

    Everybody is pretty dug in and there's not a lot of space for forming coalitions that don't cleave in basically the same way across [ multiple ] issues.

  4. Koran:

    And walk not proudly on the earth verily thou shalt never cleave the earth, nor reach to the mountains in height

  5. Mahabharata:

    Just as the track of birds that cleave the air Is not discovered, nor yet the path of fish That skim the water, so the course of those Who do good actions is not always seen.


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