Cleave

Definition of Cleave

Pronunciation: klēv
v. i.1.To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast; to cling.
[imp. Cleaved (klēvd), Clave (klāv, Obs.); p. p. Cleaved; p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaving.]
My bones cleave to my skin.
- Ps. cii. 5.
The diseases of Egypt . . . shall cleave unto thee.
- Deut. xxviii. 60.
2.To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with strong attachment.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.
- Gen. ii. 24.
Cleave unto the Lord your God.
- Josh. xxiii. 8.
3.To fit; to be adapted; to assimilate.
New honors come upon him,
Like our strange garments, cleave not to their mold
But with the aid of use.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To part or divide by force; to split or rive; to cut.
[imp. Cleft (klĕft), Clave (klāv, Obs.), Clove (klōv, Obsolescent); p. p. Cleft, Cleaved (klēvd) or Cloven (klō"v'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Cleaving.]
O Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.
- Shak.
2.To part or open naturally; to divide.
Every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws.
- Deut. xiv. 6.
v. i.1.To part; to open; to crack; to separate; as parts of bodies; as, the ground cleaves by frost.
The Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst.
- Zech. xiv. 4.

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