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Definitions of cleave

  1.   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
  2.   make by cutting into The water is going to cleave a channel into the rock
  3.   separate or cut with a tool such as a sharp instrument cleave the bone
  4.   To adhere closely to stick to hold fast to cling
  5.   To unite or be united closely in interest or affection to adhere with strong attachment
  6.   To fit to be adapted to assimilate
  7.   To part or divide by force to split or rive to cut
  8.   To part or open naturally to divide
  9.   To part to open to crack to separate as parts of bodies as the ground cleaves by frost
  10.   To split
  11.   To stick to adhere be attached strongly
  12.   Cut open to divide by force
  13.   Cleavable
  14.   Clave Cleaved
  15.   Cleaved
  16.   Cleaving
  17.   Cleft clove
  18.   Cleft cloven cleaved
  19.   To divide to split to separate with violence
  20.   To part asunder to crack pr p cleaving pa t clove or cleft pa p cloven or cleft
  21.   To stick or adhere to unite pr p cleaving pa t cleaved or clave pa p cleaved
  22.   Cleaved or clave
  23.   Clove or cleft
  24.   Cloven or cleft
  25.   To crack part asunder
  26.   To split to sever
  27.   To stick to adhere
  28.   To cut through sunder split
  29.   To stick fast cling adhere
  30.   To part or divide by force to rive to part or open naturally
  31.   To adhere or cling to to fit
  32.   To part asunder to crack
  33.   To adhere to to stick to to be united in interest or affection
  34.   To split to part or divide by force to crack to part to open

Usage examples for cleave

  1. We did but follow Nature's plan And cleave to our own For Life it teaches you but this Seek you each other Rise up from your clasp and kiss A father and a mother – The Village Wife's Lament by Maurice Hewlett
  2. In the ship that like the bird can cleave the air we will fly to them was the astonishing reply – The Boy Aviators in Africa by Captain Wilbur Lawton
  3. Let us cleave to the love of this our Head that we may be enlightened in Christ – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  4. The Indians liked to work obsidian it would cleave so sharp and clean – The Young Alaskans on the Missouri by Emerson Hough
  5. Yew never promised to starve me wi' ice and snow on Tavy Cleave neither replied Mary ” – By Violence by John Trevena
  6. Cleave heaven and send thy saints that I may say Ev'n to their faces 'If ye side with William Ye are not noble – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  7. “ I am willing for well I know you cannot cleave the apple at that distance – Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
  8. Does it mean that toil and action are the price that man shall pay Striving the strait gait to enter pressing on the narrow way Clearing it from shade and hindrance with strong arm and purpose high Raise the stone and thou shalt find Me cleave the wood and there am I ” – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  9. Perhaps had she been capable of looking into it the self evident honesty might have resolved itself into this that he thoroughly believed in himself that he meant what he said and that he offered her nothing he did not prize and cleave to as his own – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  10. While there are multitudes of admirers of Religion as one of a higher order of beings altogether above and beyond themselves there are few who make her the companion of their daily walk few who take her to themselves and in the firm conviction that they were made for each other leave all things else cleave unto and become one with her – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  11. “ I see the better part and cleave to the worse – Stories from the Italian Poets: With Lives of the Writers, Vol. 2 by Leigh Hunt
  12. He watched her cleave the distance watched her disappear – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  13. “ I was so unlucky as to cleave my way on to the first 'bus of all with the result that when I descended from it I was a good ten minutes early – If I May by A. A. Milne
  14. “ Mick was bound eventually for one of those ravines which cleave the cliffs' precipitous wall and give access to the shore generally by a deep sunken sandy boreen ” – Stories by English Authors: Ireland by Various
  15. And my life my dead and dread father hath left to thee as a doom or a blessing wherefore cleave I to thy side cleave we in life and in death to each other – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. You cleave to the spirit and turn from the flesh that I know – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  17. The only safe rule of all the rules is that which says Cleave closely to the principles let the rules fall where they may – Stammering, Its Cause and Cure by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue
  18. The bulk of members of Parliament will always cleave to their party as the bulk of electors do and the dread of being thought singular is a potent influence on the average man in or out of Parliament – The Rise of the Democracy by Joseph Clayton

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