cleave

cleave [kli:v] v past tense cleaved , clove [kləuv US klouv] , or cleft [kleft] past participle cleaved , past tense cloven [ˈkləuvən US ˈklou-] or cleft
[: Old English; Origin: cleofan. cleave to Old English clifian]
1.) [I,T always + adverb/preposition] literary
to cut something into separate parts using a heavy tool, or to be able to be cut in this way
The wooden door had been cleft in two.
2.) [T] formal
to divide something into two completely separate parts
the racial problems that still cleave American society
3.) cleave the air/darkness etc
literary to move quickly through the air etc
His fist cleft the air.
cleave to / [cleave to sb/sth] phr v
1.) formal to continue to think that a method, belief, person etc is true or valuable, even when this seems unlikely
John still cleaves to his romantic ideals.
2.) literary to stick to someone or something, or seem to surround them

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