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cleft1 /klɛft/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cleft2 /klɛft/USA pronunciation
- a space or opening made by cleavage;
a split:a cleft in the rock formations.
- a hollow area or indentation: a cleft in her chin.
- a pt. and pp. of cleave2.
cleave1 /kliv/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + to + object],cleaved, cleav•ing.
cleave2 /kliv/USA pronunciation
v., cleft/klɛft/USA pronunciationorcleavedorclove/kloʊv/USA pronunciationcleftorcleavedorclo•ven/ˈkloʊvən/USA pronunciationcleav•ing.
- to stick closely to;
cling:His tongue cleaved to the roof of his mouth.
- to remain faithful: to cleave to one's principles.
- to (cause to) split or divide by or as if by a cutting blow: [no object]The wood cleaved in two clean pieces.[~ + object]He cleaved the wood in two neat pieces.
- [~ + object] to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path through the wilderness.
- [~ ( + through) + object] to penetrate or pass through (water, etc.): The bow of the boat cleaved (through) the water cleanly.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cleft /klɛft/ vb
- the past tense and a past participle of cleave1
- a fissure or crevice
- an indentation or split in something, such as the chin, palate, etc
Etymology: Old English geclyft (n); related to Old High German kluft tongs, German Kluft gap, fissure; see cleave1
- split; divided
cleave /kliːv/ vb (cleaves, cleaving, cleft, cleaved, clove, cleft, cleaved, cloven)
Etymology: Old English clēofan; related to Old Norse kljūfa, Old High German klioban, Latin glūbere to peelˈcleavable adj
- to split or cause to split, esp along a natural weakness
- (transitive) to make by or as if by cutting: to cleave a path
- when intr, followed by through: to penetrate or traverse
cleave /kliːv/ vb
Etymology: Old English cleofian; related to Old High German klebēn to stick
- (intransitive) followed by to: to cling or adhere
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