ADJ. clear, deep, major, serious A serious split in the ruling coalition appeared soon after the election. | growing | damaging
VERB + SPLIT cause, lead to
SPLIT + VERB appear, occur, open up
PREP. ~ between a split between the right and left wings of the party | ~ in/within, ~ over a growing split in the Church over the ordination of women | ~ with Mike's split with his wife
1 break into two or more parts
ADV. easily Plastic splits quite easily. | apart
PREP. into He split the log into several pieces.
PHRASES split (sth) across/down the middle The lid had split down the middle. | split (sth) open The ripe seed pod splits open and scatters the seeds. | split (sth) in half/two Split the coconut in half.
2 separate into different groups
ADV. formally | eventually, finally | apart, away, off, up The rock group split up last year.
PREP. from Several factions split from the party. | into On January 1,1993 Czechoslovakia formally split into two independent states. | on/over The party finally split over the issue of gun control.
PHRASES be deeply/irrevocably split The party is deeply split on this issue.
3 divide/share sth
ADV. equally, evenly
PREP. among, between The cost has been split equally between three countries.
PHRASES split sth two/three/four ways The profit will be split three ways.