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vb (tr, adverb)
1. to cut (something) into pieces
2. to divide or dismember (a country, land, etc)
3. informal an act or instance of dishonestly prearranging the result of a competition
4. slang the distribution of something, as of booty
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|Verb||1.||carve up - separate into parts or portions; "divide the cake into three equal parts"; "The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I"|
change integrity - change in physical make-up
subdivide - divide into smaller and smaller pieces; "This apartment cannot be subdivided any further!"
initialise, initialize, format - divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data; "Please format this disk before entering data!"
sectionalise, sectionalize - divide into sections, especially into geographic sections; "sectionalize a country"
triangulate - divide into triangles or give a triangular form to; "triangulate the piece of cardboard"
lot - divide into lots, as of land, for example
parcel - divide into parts; "The developers parceled the land"
paragraph - divide into paragraphs, as of text; "This story is well paragraphed"
canton - divide into cantons, of a country
(fig) inheritance → verteilen; country → aufteilen, zerstückeln; area of town etc → zerreißen, auseinanderreißen
(inf, with knife) person → (mit dem Messer) böse zurichten (inf); to carve up somebody’s face → jdm das Gesicht zerfetzen
(inf, driver) → schneiden