Meaning of DIVORCE in English

/ dɪˈvɔːs; NAmE dɪˈvɔːrs/ noun , verb

■ noun


[ U , C ] the legal ending of a marriage :

The marriage ended in divorce in 1996.

an increase in the divorce rate (= the number of divorces in a year)

They have agreed to get a divorce .

Divorce proceedings (= the legal process of divorce) started today.

—compare separation


[ C , usually sing. ] ( formal ) divorce (between A and B) a separation; the ending of a relationship between two things :

the divorce between religion and science

■ verb


to end your marriage to sb legally :

[ vn ]

They're getting divorced .

She's divorcing her husband.

[ v ]

I'd heard they're divorcing.


[ vn ] [ often passive ] ( formal ) divorce sb/sth from sth to separate, a person, an idea, a subject, etc. from sth; to keep two things separate :

They believed that art should be divorced from politics.

When he was depressed, he felt utterly divorced from reality.



late Middle English : the noun from Old French divorce , from Latin divortium , based on divertere , from di- aside + vertere to turn; the verb from Old French divorcer , from late Latin divortiare , from divortium .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.