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cleave1 / klēv/ • v. (past clove / klōv/ or cleft / kleft/ or cleaved / klēvd/ past part. clo·ven / ˈklōvən/ or cleft or cleaved) [tr.] split or sever (something), esp. along a natural line or grain: the large ax his father used to cleave wood for the fire. ∎  split (a molecule) by breaking a particular chemical bond. ∎  make a way through (something) forcefully, as if by splitting it apart: they watched a coot cleave the smooth water [intr.] an unstoppable warrior clove through their ranks. ∎  [intr.] Biol. (of a cell) divide. DERIVATIVES: cleav·a·ble adj. cleave2 • v. [intr.] (cleave to) poetic/lit. stick fast to: Rose's mouth was dry, her tongue cleaving to the roof of her mouth. ∎  adhere strongly to (a particular pursuit or belief): part of why we cleave to sports is that excellence is so measurable. ∎  become very strongly involved with or emotionally attached to (someone): it was his choice to cleave to the Brownings.

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cleave 2 stick fast, adhere. The present form repr. OE. cleofian, clifan = OS. cliƀon, OHG. klebēn (G. kleben) :- WGmc. wk. vb. *kliƀōjan, -ǣjan, f. *kliƀ-, the strong form of which is repr. by OE. clīfan = OS. biklīƀan (Du. beklijven), OHG. klīban, ON. klífa; f. Gmc. *klī́- stick, adhere (cf. CLAY, CLIMB). Cleft dates from XVII.

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cleave

cleave 1 cut asunder, split. OE. clēofan str. vb. = OS. klioƀan, OHG. kliuban (G. klieben), ON. kljūfa :- Gmc. *kleuƀan, f. IE. base *gleubh- (cf. Gr. glūphein hollow out, L. glūbere peel).
Hence cleaver XVI.

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cleave

cleaveachieve, believe, breve, cleave, conceive, deceive, eve, greave, grieve, heave, interleave, interweave, khedive, leave, misconceive, naive, Neve, peeve, perceive, reave, receive, reive, relieve, reprieve, retrieve, sheave, sleeve, steeve, Steve, Tananarive, Tel Aviv, thieve, underachieve, upheave, weave, we've, Yves •make-believe • shirtsleeve •semibreve • Congreve

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