Meaning of DIVORCE in English

DIVORCE

INDEX:

1. to get divorced

2. someone who is divorced

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1. to get divorced

▷ get divorced /ˌget də̇ˈvɔːʳst/ [verb phrase]

to legally end your marriage :

▪ My parents got divorced last year.

▪ Before getting divorced, you should think carefully about the effect it will have on the children.

▷ divorce /dɪˈvɔːʳs, dəˈvɔːʳs/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

if someone divorces their husband or wife, or if two people divorce, they legally end their marriage :

▪ Finally, after years of unhappy marriage, Eva divorced Stanley.

▪ He kept promising her that he would divorce his wife, but he never actually did it.

▪ Petra’s parents divorced when she was about seven years old.

▷ divorce /dɪˈvɔːʳs, dəˈvɔːʳs/ [countable/uncountable noun]

the legal process of ending a marriage :

▪ I’ve only seen my ex-wife once since the divorce.

▪ Gwen has just been through a bitter divorce.

get a divorce

▪ It’s much too easy to get a divorce nowadays.

ask (somebody) for a divorce

▪ Caroline’s husband asked her for a divorce and she agreed.

end in divorce

▪ A third of all marriages in Britain end in divorce.

divorce rate

the number of divorces each year

▪ The divorce rate has risen steadily since the 1950s.

▷ separate /ˈsepəreɪt/ [intransitive verb]

if a husband and wife separate, they no longer live together, usually because they intend to get divorced :

▪ Linda and George have only been married for a year and they’re already thinking of separating.

▪ Anne and I separated for three months, but we are now together again.

▷ split up /ˌsplɪt ˈʌp/ [intransitive phrasal verb] informal

if two people split up, they end their marriage or they stop having a romantic relationship :

▪ They’re always arguing but I don’t think they’ll ever split up.

split up with

▪ Have you heard? Katie’s splitting up with Andrew!

2. someone who is divorced

▷ divorced /dɪˈvɔːʳst, dəˈvɔːʳst/ [adjective]

someone who is divorced has officially ended their marriage :

▪ Sue’s parents are divorced.

▪ At twenty-five Maria is now divorced, and lives with her three children.

▪ More than 80% of divorced men, and 75% of divorced women, go on to remarry.

get divorced

▪ They got divorced only three years after they got married.

▷ divorcee /dɪˈvɔːʳsiː, dəˈvɔːʳsiː/ [countable noun]

a woman who is legally no longer married to her former husband :

▪ Pam is a divorcee who has to bring her baby daughter up on her own.

▪ Most of the people on the holiday seemed to be divorcees.

▷ separated /ˈsepəreɪtɪd, ˈsepəreɪtəd/ [adjective]

if a husband and wife are separated, they do not live with each other, because they are not happy together any more, but they are not divorced :

▪ David and I have been separated for the last six months, but we’re not legally divorced yet.

▪ I didn’t know Linda and Mike were separated.

separated from

▪ Victoria’s separated from her husband and caring for her children alone.

▷ ex-husband/ex-wife also ex /ˌeks ˈhʌzbənd, ˌeks ˈwaɪf, eks/ [countable noun] spoken informal

the man or woman that someone was once married to :

▪ I had a letter from my ex-wife yesterday.

▪ Women who are attacked by their husbands or ex-husbands often fail to report them to the police.

▪ My ex and I haven’t spoken in years.

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